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How perceptions of fatherhood are changing

Colorado fathers might be more likely to stay at home with their children than fathers in previous decades. They also spend more time with their children. In a 2015 survey conducted by Pew Research Center, fathers reported spending seven hours a week on child care. This was three times the amount reported by fathers in 1965. However, by comparison, mothers in 2015 still reported spending twice as much time on child care at 15 hours weekly.

Obtaining rights to a child outside of divorce

There are times when Colorado residents who are not going through a divorce may find themselves in a child custody case. For instance, it may be necessary to determine custody or visitation rights if the parents are not married. It may also be possible for grandparents or others who are close to a child to pursue custody or visitation rights.

Dealing with substance abuse during a custody dispute

Colorado child custody disputes can become even more complex if one parent is worried about the other parent's alcohol and drug use when the children are around. A parent who believes that the children are at risk for harm due to the other parent's substance abuse may request a modification to the child support order to keep the children safe.

What the law says about blocking contact with a child

Noncustodial parents in Colorado have many options when it comes to staying in touch with their children. Thanks to advances in technology, seeing or speaking with a child may be as easy as using FaceTime or sending an email. In some cases, however,a custodial parent may wish to limit or block a noncustodial parent's access to his or her child.

Effective co-parenting during and after a divorce

Colorado parents who are ending their marriage and who are concerned about how their children will be affected by divorce can try to minimize conflict in order to help them adjust. Some children might benefit from counseling. If parents can sit down together with children to talk to them about the divorce, this is better than having parents talk to them separately. Children may have questions that parents should answer in a way that will reassure them that they are safe and their parents love them.

Creating a parenting agreement

When Colorado parents of young children get a divorce, dealing with a child custody dispute can be difficult. However, if parents are interested in working out an agreement without getting the court involved, they may be able to draft a parenting agreement.

Divorced parents who cooperate set good examples for their kids

Divorce negotiations in Colorado and around the country often become highly contentious when topics like alimony and asset division are on the table, but even spouses who find it difficult to be around each other are usually able to see past their differences when the welfare and happiness of their children are at stake. While divorcing parents may not always agree on what would be best for their children, accepting that they both want the same thing is a good first step toward reaching an amicable custody and visitation agreement.

Co-parenting remotely may grow easier after mediation

Colorado families may find it increasingly difficult to maintain a sense of stability when one parent moves away after a divorce. This might occur because the parent who moves wants to observe the same visitation schedule even though it forces the kids to spend more time traveling or hopping between schools and schedules. Problems could also arise when either parent finds a new romantic partner that their ex doesn't like.

Helping divorced parents resolve conflicts

Colorado parents who are divorcing may find that they cannot come to an agreement on some aspects of co-parenting. They might want to avoid litigation, or if they are already divorced, they may want to avoid going back into court to have a judge decide the matter. Furthermore, judges may frown upon being asked to litigate minor parenting disputes.

Some states shifting toward shared child custody

Colorado parents who are getting a divorce may be interested to learn that approaches to child custody are changing throughout the country. Some states have passed laws that encourage shared custody arrangements between parents, and increasingly it is believes that children benefit from spending more time with both parents.

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