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Which parent gets custody of the children?

There are no set rules on who will automatically get custody of the children. There are statutory factors that the court has to consider when making any decisions regarding joint children of the parties.

What does Parental Responsibility mean?

In Colorado, the term parental responsibility is used to describe custody, which can either be joint or primary. 

What does Joint Parental Responsibility mean?

Joint Parental Responsibility means that you and the other parent share equally in overnight visitation with the minor child.

What does Primary Parental Responsibility mean?

When one of the parents has less than 90 overnight visitations with the child (per year), the other parent is considered to have Primary Parental Responsibility.

At what age can a child decide which parent he/she wishes to live with?

There is no set age limit in Colorado, as to when a child can decide which parent to live with. The court will consider the child’s wishes when the child is mature enough to express reasoned and independent preferences. That age can be around 12-13, however, that is by no means a set age in Colorado.

Do grandparents have custody or visitation rights?

Typically, no. However, there are instances where an independent action to gain visitation rights to the minor children by third parties can be initiated.

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The FAQs of Child Custody in Colorado are for informational purposes only, and should not be considered legal advice for your case.