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How to Create a Parenting Plan in Colorado

Making It Work for Everyone

Parenting plans are essential in Colorado, especially when parents are separating or divorcing. If you're a parent in Colorado, it's important to understand the basics of parenting plans and what they should include. In this blog, learn the ins and outs of parenting plans in Colorado, including what to consider when creating your plan.

What to Include in a Parenting Plan

A parenting plan in Colorado is also known as a parenting schedule. It is a parenting plan that establishes when each parent will have parenting time with the child or children, and how parenting decisions will be made.

A parenting plan should include the following:

  • The names of the child's parents.

  • The residence address of each parent.

  • A work schedule for each parent.

  • A school schedule for the child.

  • How holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions will be handled.

  • Which parent has the final say in decision-making (also known as legal custody).

  • How disputes will be resolved between the parents.

Creating a parenting plan is an important step in co-parenting after divorce or separation. It can help to reduce conflict between the parents and provide stability for the child.

How to Create a Parenting Plan

The first step to creating a parenting plan is to sit down with the other parent and discuss your parenting goals. Once you have determined what your parenting goals are, you can start to create a parenting plan that meets those goals.

Some factors you will want to consider when creating a parenting plan include the following:

  • How much time each parent will spend with the child.

  • How decisions will be made about the child's upbringing.

  • What holidays and special occasions each parent will spend with the child.

  • How parenting time will be divided if the child lives in two homes.

  • What will happen if one parent moves out of state.

  • How much contact each parent will have with the child's grandparents, other relatives, and friends.

It is important to keep in mind that every family is different and every parenting plan will be different from one another. The most important factor to remember is to create a plan that meets the needs of your family and provides stability for your children.

Work with a Family Law Attorney

If you are having trouble creating a parenting plan, you may want to consider meeting with a mediator or attorney to help you develop a parenting plan that works for your family. At Drexler Law, we know how important it is to spend time with your child and to create something that works for everyone. We can help you create a parenting plan that meets your needs and those of your child.

Learn more about how we can help with parenting plans or schedule a consultation by calling (719) 259-0050 or by visiting our website.