There is a misconception that a parent who pays child support has the right to have parenting time with his or her children. The two are not connected in that way. The payment of child support from one parent to the other is for the benefit of the child or children. It is based on numerous factors. The parenting time assigned by the court is based on a single act - the best interest of the child or children. The factors addressing the best interest of the children are outlined in the Colorado Statutes and the following are some of those factors:
(1) The wishes of the child's parents as to parenting time;
(2) The child's bond with his or her parents, his or her siblings, and any other person who may significantly affect the child;
(3) The child's adjustment to his or her home, school, and community;
(3) The mental and physical health of all individuals involved;
(4) The ability of the parties to encourage the sharing of love, affection, and contact between the child and the other party (exceptions may be allowed in situations where one parent is trying to protect a child from domestic violence, child abuse or neglect);
(5) Whether the past pattern of involvement of the parties with the child reflects a system of values, time commitment, and mutual support;
(6) The distance between the parents;
(7) The ability of each party to place the needs of the child ahead of his or her own needs.
An attorney that specializes in child support, parenting time, and custody decisions can explain these factors in greater detail. The attorneys at The Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C. located in Colorado Springs, CO are well versed in this area.
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