On March 26, 2020, Governor Polis issued a stay-at-home order for all Colorado residents which was recently extended to April 26, 2020. What does this mean for your parenting time? In most cases, not much. Included in the order is a provision deeming travel essential if it is for the purpose of complying with a court order. While the stay-at-home order does not explicitly state this covers a parenting time schedule, during his press conference, the Governor specifically used this as an example of what would be included.
Further, the Fourth Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller Counties, has issued its own order specifying procedure and protocol during this time. This Order specifically states that parties need to continue to follow parenting time orders.
Along with the stay-at-home order, courts in Colorado are currently only allowing people to enter the courthouse for emergency matters (for family law purposes, this would include a protection order or emergency motion to restrict parenting time and/or prevent parental kidnapping). If you have a hearing scheduled during the month of April, you will likely be getting a call that your hearing has been continued or will be occurring remotely.
If you are having issues with your current parenting plan, it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney regarding your concerns to see what your options may be to address the issues. Contact us to schedule your free, 30-minute consultation today! Virtual consults now available.