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Colorado State Domestic Law [14-10-124]

Best interests of the child

Title 14 - Domestic Matters

Article 10 - Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act

14-10-124. Best interests of child.

(1) The general assembly finds and declares that it is in the best interest of all parties to encourage frequent and continuing contact between each parent and the minor children of the marriage after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage. In order to effectuate this goal, the general assembly urges parents to share the rights and responsibilities of child-rearing and to encourage the love, affection, and contact between the children and the parents.

(1.5) The court shall determine custody in accordance with the best interests of the child. The court, upon the motion of either party or upon its own motion, may order joint or sole custody after making a finding that joint or sole custody would be advantageous to the child and in his best interests. In determining the best interests of the child, the court shall consider all relevant factors, including:

(2) The court shall not consider conduct of a proposed custodian that does not affect his relationship to the child.

(3) In considering a proposed custodian, the court shall not presume that any person is better able to serve the best interests of the child because of that person's sex.

(4) If a parent is absent or leaves home because of spouse abuse by the other parent, such absence or leaving shall not be a factor in determining the best interests of the child. For the purpose of this subsection (4), "spouse abuse" means the proven threat of or infliction of physical pain or injury by a spouse on the other parent.

Correct as at 13 January 1997
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