When a child’s parents divorce, the child’s best interests should be met above all else. Divorce is not an easy time for a child. They will have to become accustomed to living in two homes, and they may experience a range of emotions, from confusion to sadness to fear. Parents should do all they can to comfort their child throughout the divorce process, despite any animosity they may have for one another.
For example, when it comes to child custody issues, parents may be able to negotiate a settlement that works for both of them and gives the child the support the child needs to process the divorce. Physical custody — referred to as parenting time in Colorado — encompasses where the child will live. Traditionally, each parent will have their own home, and the child will reside with one parent, with the other parent having visitation rights. However, some parents are turning to “nesting,” in which the child remains in one home and it is the parents who go back and forth between their own home and the child’s home, so they can each care for the child in the environment the child is comfortable with.
At The Bruntz Law Firm, LLC, we are dedicated to assisting parents with Colorado’s family law system, so that the most appropriate outcome is reached that benefits both the parents and the child. We understand that it is very difficult for parents to realize that after their divorce is final and a child custody order is set, they may not see their child every day. Therefore, it is important that their parenting time plans are fair and appropriate.
When parents divorce, they will need to put their negative feelings towards one another aside if they are committed to negotiating a parenting plan that works for them and serves the child’s best interests. Our law firm’s website has more information on child custody in Colorado and may be a good starting point for parents who are looking to end their marriage.