What Are Father’s Rights?

fathers rightsIn Colorado, both parents have equal rights and responsibilities regarding their children, regardless of whether they are married or divorced.

Therefore, fathers have the same rights as mothers in terms of child custody, visitation, and decision-making. In reality, fathers’ rights really should be known as parents’ rights, since neither parent’s rights take precedence over the other’s rights.

In fact, in Colorado, fathers have a constitutional right to parent their children, on an equal basis as does the mother of the child, in the form of a Parents Rights bill.

Parents Should Work Together In The Interest Of The Children

When a divorce occurs, both parents should work together to develop a parenting plan or a visitation plan that outlines the parenting time schedule and decision-making responsibilities for each parent. The parenting plan should be in the best interests of the child and should consider factors such as the child’s age, relationship with each parent, and the ability of each parent to meet the child’s needs.

If There’s No Agreement, The Court Takes Over

If the parents are unable to agree on a parenting plan, the court will intervene and make a decision based on the best interests of the child. The court will consider the same factors as mentioned above when making its decision.

It’s important to note that in Colorado, there is no presumption that one parent is more suitable than the other for custody. Therefore, fathers have the same opportunity to seek custody as mothers. However, if there are concerns about a parent’s ability to provide a safe and stable environment for the child, the court may limit their parenting time or decision-making responsibilities.

Unless there are other factors involved, fathers in Colorado have the same rights as mothers regarding their children after a divorce. The parenting plan should be in the best interests of the child, and the court will make a decision based on the same factors if the parents are unable to agree.


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