In Colorado the word “visitation” is no longer used, or is not supposed to be used. The correct technical phrase is “parenting time.” This concept applies to both parents in a domestic case involving children, and refers to that parent’s time with his or her child.

If the allocation of parental decision-making responsibilities or custody is not equally shared in a fifty-fifty (50-50) manner, then we usually refer to the non-custodial parent’s time with the child as “parenting time.”

The parties may agree to any schedule they desire between this parent and the child, subject to the Court’s approval to ensure that this parenting time is in the best interests of the child. Often such parent has the child for every other week-end from after school on Fridays until dinner time, or so, on Sundays, and may also include a weekly dinner visit, say 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on every Wednesday.

You may look up Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) Title 14, Article 10, Sections 124 through 132 for further information.

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