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Parenting Plans – Decision Making Responsibilities

by Frie, Arndt & Danborn

“Decision-Making Responsibilities
Parents must decide whether one or both will have responsibility of making important decisions concerning choice of school, religion, medical/dental care, general welfare and extracurricular activities. The Parenting Plan outlines the options for making such decisions.

Some parents want to be very detailed about these future decisions, and others do not want a lot of detail. It may be in the best interests of the children that all decision-making responsibility be placed with one parent. Often times, a parent may seek sole decision-making over an area in which he/she has a certain level of expertise, such as a doctor or teacher. However, it may also be in the best interests of the children for parents to continue to share these decisions.

Happy familyChoices about decision-making do not determine how much time a child spends with each parent. It is possible that a parent with sole decision-making could, under the law, have actually less “parenting-time” than the other parent.”


This article was published as a pamphlet as a public service by the Colorado Bar Association. Its purpose is to inform citizens of their legal rights and obligations and to provide information regarding the legal profession and how it may best serve the community. Before relying on this information, consult an attorney about your individual case.