Making decisions about your children's health, schooling, and overall care can be difficult when parents are separated or divorced and at odds with each other in Wheat Ridge, Golden, and Arvada. Normally, these would be decisions you would discuss with your partner and come to a mutual decision together. However, when parents are no longer partners, discussions and decision making can sometimes be tricky. I recently read an article about a mother who was found in contempt of court and put in jail as a punitive measure for not following a court order. The father of the children had wanted his kids to get vaccinated and the mother did not. The two could not agree, so they took the issue to the family law courts to have a judge make a ruling. When the judge ruled in favor of the father and for the vaccinations, the mother was given a certain time frame in which she was required to comply. She did not, and was sent to jail.
Often, when referring to child custody in Jefferson County Courts, you will hear the phrase 'allocation of parental responsibilities' or APR. Previously, child custody was the legal responsibility to care for a child and is composed of two parts - legal and physical custody. Physical custody related to who the child primarily resides with. Legal custody referred to each parent's authority to make decisions relating to the children. The replacement for child custody, APR or allocation of parental responsibilities, is made up of two similar pieces: parenting time and parental decision making.