The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and connection for many families. It is also a time of stress and sadness for families going through a divorce or other family law issue. The holidays can be difficult for families dealing with the transition of a separation or a divorce. It can be especially hard for children, who may feel confused, angry, and/or sad about the changes.
When parents have to share parenting time during the holidays, it can be challenging to navigate. It’s important that parents remember that the holidays are a time to focus on the children and their needs. Parents should work together to create an environment that is supportive and comforting to the children. Planning ahead is key to ensuring that the holidays are a time of joy and connection for the entire family.
Parents should work together to create a plan that minimizes conflict and disruption for the children. This could include having separate holiday celebrations or making a plan for shared celebrations. It is important to remember that the holidays should be a time of joy and celebration, not a time to rehash old arguments.
Especially when the New Year approaches, it’s important to understand the state laws and regulations regarding family, divorce, and parenting. In this blog, we will discuss the top 5 family laws on parenting and divorce in Colorado during the holidays and New Year. We will provide a comprehensive overview of the laws and regulations to help you understand what to expect during this difficult time. So, let’s get started…..
- Holiday Visitation and Travel: In Colorado, it is most often the case thatboth parents have the right to spend time with their children during major holidays. If the parents are unable to agree on a holiday visitation schedule, the court may intervene to determine a schedule that is in the best interests of the children. If the children are traveling with either parent, the other parent will generally be required to receive notification of the travel plans, including the itinerary, flight number, route and emergency contacts while away.
- Holiday Support Payments: support payments continue to become due during school breaks and holidays. Even though some parents may choose to give their children additional gifts or money during the holidays, these are not considered part of the child support payments and must be paid in addition to the court-ordered child support payment.
- Joint Holiday Celebrations: Most Colorado courts expect that both parents make every effort to celebrate the holidays together with their children. This means that parents should strive to make holiday arrangements that are in the best interests of the children and that will allow both parents to spend time with their children during the holidays.
- New Year’s Resolutions: It is important for parents to make New Year’s resolutions that focus on making the divorce process less stressful for the children. Examples of helpful resolutions include making sure that both parents are following the parenting plan, communicating with each other in a respectful manner, avoiding disparagement of the other parent and following through on promises made to the children.
- Parental Education Classes: Parents in Colorado may be required to take parenting classes as part of the court’s divorce process. These classes are designed to help parents learn how to effectively co-parent and understand the impact of divorce and separation on their children. These classes may be mandatory or voluntary and are sometimes offered as part of the divorce process.
The holidays and New Year can be difficult times for families, especially when it comes to parenting and divorce. It is important to be aware of the laws surrounding these topics in order to ensure that you are taking the best approach possible. Colorado has some of the most comprehensive Domestic Relations laws in the country, and a knowledgeable Family Law attorney can help you navigate the intricacies of these laws.
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