You have probably tried everything to save your marriage in Colorado, but sometimes things just don’t work out. If you are at the point where you are looking to file for divorce, the question that is probably in your mind and the mind of your spouse is: Who is going to act as the guardian of your child? 

The Children’s Code of the Colorado State Legislature is designed with the intent of strengthening and preserving family ties, providing care for the child that is best for the interests of society and creating a situation conducive to the child’s welfare. In order to determine the best situation for your child, the court will hold child custody hearings where each parent can make his or her case, and where the facts of the situation will be reviewed. 

What happens if the child is neglected 

If the court finds that your child has been neglected, a guardian ad litem may be appointed. A guardian ad litem is someone who will temporarily take over all guardianship responsibilities of your child. This will typically only happen in delinquency cases. 

Appeal of child custody rulings 

Once a decision has been made by the court, you have a right to appeal it. To do so, you would need to file with the appellate court. You have a right to appeal an order decreeing your child to be neglected,  an order refusing to terminate or terminating your or your spouse’s legal relationship with your child or, in a delinquency case, any questions of law.