What to consider when allocating parental responsibilities

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2024 | Child Custody

In Colorado, parents, regardless of whether married or not, can pursue an allocation of parental responsibilities (custody) to settle issues involving their child, including how much parenting time they each have or who gets to decide on major decisions about their child’s life.

While courts usually decide on these issues, parents can agree on the terms themselves. When they do, they have to consider several essential aspects.

Factors to a suitable allocation plan

In both dividing decision-making responsibilities and deciding on parenting time, parents have to carefully consider the following key points to come up with an agreeable and suitable allocation plan:

  • Each parent’s relationship with the child: No matter how much each parent wants to be with their child, they must consider the strength, stability and nature of their child’s relationship with them to ensure a plan that will bring the most positive impact to the child’s well-being.
  • Each parent’s capacity and capability: When allocating parental responsibilities, each parent must consider their capability to make informed decisions for their child and their capacity to provide for the child’s physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs.
  • The child’s preference: Depending on the child’s age and maturity, their preference, especially in decisions that directly affect them, may help bring about a successful allocation plan.
  • The child’s other relationships: Decisions should consider the relationship and bond between the child and their siblings, as well as relationships with other family members and relatives, aiming to support and preserve these relationships if possible.
  • Other practical considerations: Logistics such as each parent’s geographical location, work schedules, and other practicalities are important considerations in decision-making responsibilities.

These are only some of the factors parents should consider when allocating parental responsibilities. Of course, the paramount consideration is the child’s health, safety and overall welfare.

Using the right approach and tools

Though allocating parental responsibilities may appear easy to some, it actually requires careful planning and consideration, and most times, the guidance of an experienced family law attorney. Going through these lengths ensure that parents not only think about their personal wishes, but also decisions that will protect their child’s best interests.