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Colorado bill poised to make big changes to child custody

Big changes could soon be coming to Colorado. If it passes the state senate, the bill is poised to alter how parenting time is split in child custody arrangements. While there are many supporters of the bill, opponents have raised serious concerns about its possible implications. 

The bill proposes that the court recognize both parents' fundamental rights to have access to their children. This proposal appears to reflect the changing attitude toward parental roles in raising children. Proponents say that this would help even the playing ground for divorcing parents by automatically granting 50/50 custody. Many believe that equal access to both parents is ultimately in a child's best interests. 

While this may be beneficial for some children, opponents point out that some children could be put at risk. By unfairly forcing children to spend more time with abusive or non-involved parents, they believe the bill will ultimately do more harm than good. There appears to be concern that the bill would not allow exceptions for extenuating circumstances. Others believe it will make the entire process more confusing. 

Right now, the bill must still pass the Colorado state Senate and the House before it can be enacted into law. Until such a time, child custody agreements are not automatically split any certain way, and instead, a myriad of factors are taken into account when determining what is ultimately in the best interest of a child. Many parents are able to negotiate an agreement between themselves that, upon approval from a judge, can be enacted.

Source: kdvr.com, "Bill would give parents going through divorce equal time with their kids", Chris Jose, April 14, 2015

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