Parenting Time Under Colorado Law

How Is Time Sharing Decided In A Boulder Divorce Case?

Parenting Time and Decision-Making Responsibility

“Parenting time” is one of the two main issues that arise in Colorado divorce cases regarding children and in Colorado allocation of parental responsibilities cases. The other main issue is “decision-making responsibility.” “Parenting time” is just what it sounds like: a schedule that determines when each parent will have time with the children.

When trying to decide on the best possible parenting schedule, working with an understanding Colorado child custody attorney can help. There are many types of schedules and arrangements, that your attorney will be able to explain to you.

Parenting Time Schedules

Parenting time schedules can take many forms, and range from complicated to very simple. If parents work together to create a parenting time schedule they agree upon, then the parenting time schedule can be very detailed. If parents don’t agree on parenting time and ask the Court to choose a parenting time schedule for them, the parenting time schedule is usually more simple. The most common parenting time schedules are:

The 4/3/3/4 Parenting Schedule

  • “4/3/3/4” – The parents alternate  having the children in increments of 4 days, 3 days, 3 days, and 4 days.  A 4/3/3/4 schedule might look like this:
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Dad Dad Mom Mom Mom Dad Dad
Dad Dad Mom Mom Mom Mom Dad
Dad Dad Mom Mom Mom Dad Dad
Dad Dad Mom Mom Mom Mom Dad

 

The 5/2/2/5 Schedule

  •   “5/2/2/5” – The parents alternate having the children in increments of 5 days, 2 days, 2 days, and 5 days.  A 5/2/2/5 schedule might look like this:
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Dad Dad Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom
Dad Dad Mom Mom Dad Dad Dad
Dad Dad Mom Mom Mom Mom Mom
Dad Dad Mom Mom Dad Dad Dad
  •  “Week on/Week off” – The parents alternate having the children each week.  Exchanges usually take place on Sunday nights so that the kids don’t have to switch houses in the middle of the week.