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The basics needs of child custody in a divorce

Colorado parents may agree that they all love their children and want the best for them. A person's parental responsibilities do not end just because the marriage does. Child custody is an important factor in dealing with a divorce that involves children. The idea of "co-parenting" or joint custody may be a viable solution for most divorcing spouses. The child's future welfare may hinge on how the parents work together.

There are more things to consider than whom the child will live with, where the child may go to school and what after school activities in which he or she may be involved. The important decisions such as how the child will be raised, how much time each parent will have with the child and how involved each parent will be after the divorce are also crucial. One of the issues that cannot be overlooked is the financial aspect of raising a child. Child support is important to ensure that the child's basic needs are met.

The child support amount for the noncustodial parent is usually determined by many factors. For example, the amount of daycare needed for the child may be increased or decreased based on how much or little time the noncustodial parent spends with the child. The noncustodial parent may pay upwards of 20 percent more in child support based on this factor alone.

Divorce can be a stressful event in any parent's life. Unfortunately, when a marriage ends and divorce is imminent, children sometimes seem like pawns during the proceedings. Child custody may be the most hotly contested issue as the parties struggle to come to an accord. Under Colorado law, the state has basic guidelines in place to determine these delicate custody and visitation issues, as well as how child support is calculated.

Source:, How to Handle Child Custody in a Divorce, No author, Oct. 8, 2013

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