The allocation of parental responsibilities action is for the purpose of parties who were not married to come up with a Parenting Plan and determine the amount (and which parent will receive) child support. Generally, if the parents are sharing the child’s time equally, but one parent makes more than the other parent, the higher-earning parent is likely to pay child support to the lower-earning parent.
Actions upon which individuals may want to consider representing themselves include non-contested divorce, also called dissolution of marriage (parties may need help in filling out the various forms, such as the Sworn Financial Statement, the Petition, and also the Parenting Plan) and also allocation of parental responsibilities actions when the two parents agree on a Parenting Plan.
Also, parties who were not married to their child’s or children’s other parent may need help with the form for filing their action for allocation of parental responsibilities, as well as a Parenting Plan, child support forms, and the Sworn Financial Statement, a form that is difficult to fill out. This help is available at the free clinic, which was founded by Doris Truhlar, one of the partners with Truhlar and Truhlar, LLP.
Some people may be able to figure out the forms themselves, but need assistance when it comes to appearing in Court for a final hearing. These parties may want to consider meeting with an attorney, to figure out strategies for dealing with their ex- or soon-to-be ex-wife or ex-husband, especially if there are children.
The forms are available (for a fee) at the Arapahoe County Courthouse, 7325 South Potomac Street, Centennial, CO 80012.