I took my children to a domestic violence shelter and was ordered to return them to my ex and their family who they live with. I have since lost a court case and my ex was awarded 'Sole Parental Responsibility'. I was told by my lawyer (I had a lawyer at the time and they withdrew counsel for financial reasons) that the PRE had nothing he could hang his hat on as to why my ex would be awarded Sole Parental responsibility.
What are my rights as a parent -now that I do not apparently have 'parental responsibility'?
Court Order says I should be an emergency contact and that I should have access to all medical etc records. I am to get a specified number of hours per week with the children and that is all.
I don't know what exactly this means or what to do about it.
That means you have rights to see them according to the order, but not otherwise. And you have rights to receive information about them, but no make decisions for them. In an emergency, you may be contacted by the school, etc. to get them/help. Your right to that will then end when dad reappears.
If you want this to change, you will need to improve your individual situation to show a stable home, support, etc. for the kids and then return to court. If there is no DV action against your ex, your going to a shelter did not help you.
You should seek out local legal aid or bar associations that can connect you with low to no cost help.
Colorado does not have "mother's rights". Parents start on equal footing under Colorado law. Now that you have been through a court case, your rights are outlined in the Court's orders.
Your parental rights have not been terminated. While your ex has sole responsibility for making major decisions, you still have access to records and you have the right to make day to day decisions while the child is with you (during your court ordered parenting time). You have the right to appropriate parenting time.
Your rights to parenting time are outlined in your court orders. The orders may be modified if there is a substantial and continuing change of circumstances that justifies the change.
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