Can A Child Choose Which Parent to Live With In Colorado Custody Cases?
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Some parents want their children to have a say about custody and parenting time during a divorce, while other parents might wish to keep children away from the situation altogether. Every family is unique, and whether a child can contribute to important decisions may also depend on his or her age and maturity. In Colorado, children can express their opinions and wishes to third-party evaluators that work with families through divorce and child custody situations. In this video, Denver child custody lawyer Bridget Finn explains how the process works and how a child’s wishes may be given weight regarding parenting time.
Video Transcript: Yes, a child does have a say to a certain extent. It’s one of the factors that the court’s considering in the best interest of the child standard. That being said, the courts are very hesitant to have a child come in and testify that I want to be with dad, I want to be with mom. They really want to keep the kids out of this is as best they can. So in Colorado we have third-party evaluators, that the court can appoint, to come in and talk to the kids and give the kids a voice. So in Colorado we have a child and family investigator or we have a parental responsibilities evaluator, those are two neutral third parties that will come in and talk to the parents, talk to any collateral parties, and we’ll talk to the kids about, you know, how the situation is going for them, how they’d like it to go in the future, so that’s the way that the kid’s input typically comes in.
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