Parenting Time Modifications In Denver
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It is highly likely that parties’ circumstances will change after a permanent parenting plan has been in place. For example, children enrolling into school, changes in jobs, either party moving, and/or changes in schedules. Sometimes these changes render the current parenting plan unworkable for the parties and the children. Therefore, a modification to an original parenting plan may be necessary.
The original parenting plan is established by the “best interests of the child” standard. The factors a court considers in determining the best interests of the child are:
- The preferences of the child’s parents;
- The preference of the child as to parenting time provided the child is of a maturity level capable of stating an independent preference;
- The nature of the relationships and interaction the child has with each parent, any siblings, and any other person who may have a significant affect on the child’s best interests;
- The manner in which the child is acclimated to his home, school, and community;
- The physical and mental health of all parties involved. However, a disability alone cannot be used as a determining factor;
- The ability of each parent to foster and encourage a loving, affectionate, and continuing relationship between the child and the other parent;
- The past patterns of the parents and whether or not the history reflects a system of time commitment, values, and mutual support;
- The proximity of the parents’ home to each other as it relates to practical parenting time plans;
- Any evidence that either parent has been a perpetrator of domestic violence or any evidence that either parent has been abusive or neglectful to the child;
- The capability of each parent to place the needs of the child above his or her own needs.