Colorado Guide to Child Custody

Where to begin:

Parental responsibilities: Custody laws & more
What you need to know about custody and parenting time in Colorado. What does the court consider? How do you find legal help?

Child support calculator
Instantly estimate child support. Enter your incomes and number of children. See how different parenting times affect the total.

Reaching an agreement:

Parenting plans (custody agreements)
In a Colorado divorce or parenting responsibilities case, you'll have a parenting plan. Follow these guidelines to write your proposal.

Parenting time schedules
How to create a parenting time schedule. Popular schedules for equal and unequal time. Plus: What to do when the other parent won't follow the schedule.

Going to court:

4 steps in parenting cases: Colorado's court process
Colorado's custody process from start to finish, with the resources you need along the way. Opening a case, mediation and more.

Filing for child custody
Follow these steps to start your Colorado custody and parenting time case. Learn what forms you need, how to serve papers and more.

Child custody experts
A court may appoint a professional to help decide your parental responsibilities or give you guidance. Here are five and how they work.

Custody and divorce trials: What to expect
How to prepare for a trial involving parenting responsibilities in Colorado. Learn about witnesses, evidence and trial dates.

Explore examples of common schedules