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Colorado school officials need current child custody orders

Colorado schools have to be diligent when it comes to obeying court orders regarding children in their care. Child custody issues often arise when a non-custodial parent wants to pick his or her child up from school, and school officials may be left uncertain about how to proceed without proper documentation. For this reason, it is important for a custodial parent to ensure that his or her child's school has the most up-to-date court order on record.

Possession of the up-to-date order will protect the child, the school and both parents. When a non-custodial parent has the right to pick up his or her child, the up-to-date order will also ensure that he or she has that ability. In addition, if the custodial parent has a significant other who he or she wants to authorize to pick up a child, a child custody order giving that parent full legal custody makes that possible.

At the time when a parent enrolls a child in a school, he or she is given an emergency contact list to complete with the people that he or she feels responsible enough to pick up the child in his or her absence. This list may or may not include the non-custodial parent. However, the school needs that list, as well as any court documents, so that if someone who is not listed arrives at the school to take the child home, the school has in writing who is allowed to take the child. 

Colorado schools need to have the latest child custody documents on file. If a parent, custodial or not, feels that there should be changes made to that document, he or she may speak to a family law attorney who can help that parent pursue a modification to the custody agreement. With the help of the attorney, the parent may be able to negotiate an agreement that fits his or her needs.

Source:, "Schools follow court orders in custody issues", Marc Valero, March 10, 2015

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