A New Year is upon us and usually, that means planning ahead for the rest of the year. Some of those plans may include family vacations. If you are getting divorced or have a current parental responsibilities plan, you may be wondering how vacations work. Generally, there is not an issue if you choose to vacation within the State of Colorado, however, if an out of state vacation is on your radar, that can be a different story.
Moving a child out of state, known as child relocation or child custody modifications in Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County can be a complicated matter. As a custodial parent, you may have majority decision making and parenting time, but that does not mean you can just leave the state with your children. You must formally ask the court and give the children's other parent a chance to agree or object. Unless relocating the children out of state was addressed under the initial parenting plan, a modification of the parenting plan would be necessary and must be signed off on by a Jefferson County family law judge.