In Colorado and all other states across the country, it has long been established that the overriding factor in child custody determinations is what comports with an involved child's best interests.
When child custody disputes play out in court, it is ultimately up to the judge to rule on what outcome would best serve the interests of the child. In that respect, the judge has a lot of latitude. Because of the amount of discretion family law judges have in child custody cases, it is important that the judge be ethically beyond reproach.
It is important for litigants in Colorado child custody disputes to remember that orders issued by the court are compulsory, and parties who intentionally defy a child custody order could face serious legal consequences, including loss of custody rights and even criminal charges.