Before you go, sign up for our free newsletter!

Divorce Matters - Legal Strength, trusted advice.

Parental Rights Lawyers In Denver Colorado | Parenting Time & Decision Making

Top-rated Denver divorce attorneys, where clients matter most.

The term “custody” is no longer used in Colorado.  The term “custody” has been replaced with the term “Allocation of Parental Responsibility.”

Allocation of Parental Responsibility involves two separate issues: a) Parenting Time;  and b) Decision Making.

Parenting Time

Parenting Time is the amount of time the children will spend with each parent.  For example, parenting time might have the children spending 70% of their time living with one parent and 30% living with the other parent by having the children spend every other weekend.   Parenting time will also allocate how vacations and holidays will be spent with each parent.

If the parents cannot agree on parenting time, the court will have to determine the proper parenting time for the children.  In determining a proper parenting time, the court will adopt a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the children.   Factors that the court will consider when applying the best interest standard include:

  • The preferences of the child’s parents.
  • The preference of the child as to parenting time provided the child is of a maturity level capable of stating an independent preference.
  • The nature of the relationships and interaction the child has with each parent, any siblings, and any other person who may have a significant affect on the child’s best interests.
  • The manner in which the child is acclimated to his home, school, and community.
  • The physical and mental health of all parties involved. However, a disability alone cannot be used as a determining factor.
  • The ability of each parent to foster and encourage a loving, affectionate, and continuing relationship between the child and the other parent.
  • The past patterns of the parents and whether or not the history reflects a system of time commitment, values, and mutual support.
  • The proximity of the parents’ home to each other as it relates to practical parenting time plans.
  • Any evidence that either parent has been a perpetrator of domestic violence or any evidence that either parent has been abusive or neglectful to the child.
  • The capability of each parent to place the needs of the child above his or her own needs.

Contact Us

Making Decisions About Your Children

Decision Making involves how decisions affecting the raising of each child will be made.  Decisions regarding the raising of each child include, but are not limited to, issues involving medical care, schooling, religion, sports, camp, and other extra-curricular activities.

Decision making also involves whether one parent, or both, will make these important decisions that affect the children.  If decision making is allocated to both parents, then usually both parents have to agree in order to make these decisions.

Problems arise when the parents cannot agree on these issues.  For example, if the parents have joint decision making, and the parents cannot agree on which school the children should go to, then the court will have to decide based on the best interests of the children.

In determining whether one or both parents will be allowed to make decisions regarding the raising of the children, the court will use factors that are similar to the factors set forth above regarding parenting time.  Plus, the court will also look at:

  • The ability of the parties to cooperate and make decisions jointly;
  • Whether the past pattern of involvement of the parties with the child reflects a system of values, time commitment, and mutual support that would indicate an ability as mutual decision makers to provide a positive and nourishing relationship with the child; and
  • Whether an allocation of mutual decision-making responsibility on any one or a number of issues will promote more frequent or continuing contact between the child and each of the parties.

However, when you boil down all of the factors, it all comes down to what is in the best interests of the children.

Divorce Matters® is a Denver Colorado divorce attorney law firm. We provide information and services including the divorce process through the courts, division of marital property, assets as well as debts and parental rights regarding biological and adopted children.


Get the best outcomes for your divorce by tapping into our years of family law experience.


Free maintenance & child support calculator. Download our app for free here.


Save more money and get the best outcome by bringing on an attorney now. Start now.

Contact Us Today

Why not start exploring your options? Call us at 720.542.6142 to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced Denver divorce attorneys today.

Our highly-accomplished divorce and family law attorneys practice throughout Colorado, including:


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Words From Our Clients

I appreciated that not only did Will know law like I know my colors, but he was a counselor as well and guided me through the process. I was nervous many times but was able to fully out my trust in what he was doing and I couldn't be happier. I will continue to refer people to him as o hear of those needing assistance.


Going through a challenging divorce is hell, your team had my back and represented me with a solid council. I have my daughters and got to stay in Colorado with them. I cannot thank you enough.


Keep doing what you doing; your firm rocks!


Click To Read More Reviews

Awards & Accolades

10 best client satisfaction, American Institute of Family Law Attorney
NAFLA Top 10 Ranking, Nation's Premier
The National Advocates Top 40 Under 40
BBB: A+ Acredited Business
AVVO Rating 10.0 - Top Attorney Family
Expertise Best Arbitrators & Mediators in Denver
2018 Top 40 Lawyer Under 40
Super Lawyers Rising Stars
Askthelawyer.com profile link
2019 Top 40 Lawyer Under 40
Best Family Lawyers in Aurora

Meet Our Team


Practice Areas