As a parent, you are aware of how your divorce could affect multiple areas of your child’s life. In order to protect their mental and emotional well-being as much as possible, you intend to pursue a reasonable child custody order that allows the kids to have regular access to both parents. This is a way to provide continuity of lifestyle and allow the children to maintain strong relationships with both parents.
However, reaching a mutually acceptable custody order out of court may not be possible for your individual situation. In cases where a court will be making the final decisions on child custody, there are certain factors that will be taken into consideration. It may be in your interests to learn about what issues could affect the terms of your custody order and how you can protect your rights as a Colorado parent.
The best interests of the kids
In any decision a family court makes about children, their best interests will be the priority. When attempting to identify this standard, the court will look at various aspects of your life and the lives of your kids to see how the final custody order should work. The court will likely give careful consideration to the following:
- Any evidence or allegations of abuse or neglect by either parent
- Ability of the parent to provide a stable and loving home environment
- Ability of each parent to provide financially for his or her child
- Wishes of the children, if they are old enough to express them
- Physical and mental health of each parent
- Attachment of children to current school, home and schedule
- Impact of current custody arrangement on the child
The terms of your child custody order will likely impact your family for years to come. It is in your interests to work diligently to secure an order that will be sustainable long-term, allowing your children to have stability and security.
The best future for your kids
Any decisions you make on behalf of your children should be with the intent of providing them with the best future possible after your divorce is final. If you are unsure of how you can pursue a reasonable custody order while also fighting for your parental rights, you may benefit from seeking guidance regarding your legal options.