The Impact of Bad Co-Parenting on Child Custody Cases

As a family law practice, Griffiths Law PC understands the challenges and complexities that can arise during child custody cases. When emotions run high and the well-being of your children is at stake, it’s essential to maintain a level-headed approach and prioritize the needs of your children above all else. One of the most significant factors that can influence the outcome of a child custody case is the quality of co-parenting. In this blog, we’ll explore the concept of bad co-parenting, its consequences, and how to avoid damaging your child custody case. 

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  1. Understanding Co-Parenting and its Importance
  2. Examples of Bad Co-Parenting Behavior
  3. The Impact of Bad Co-Parenting on Your Child Custody Case
  4. How to Improve Co-Parenting for a Successful Custody Outcome
  5. When to Seek Legal Guidance
  6. Understanding Co-Parenting and its Importance

Co-parenting refers to the shared responsibility of raising a child by both parents, regardless of their marital status or living arrangements. Successful co-parenting requires effective communication, cooperation, and a mutual understanding of the child’s best interests. When co-parenting is carried out positively, it can significantly benefit the emotional and psychological well-being of the children involved.

However, when co-parenting goes awry, it can not only adversely affect the children but also the outcome of the child custody case. Judges in Colorado prioritize the best interests of the child, and demonstrating poor co-parenting can make it difficult to obtain your desired custody arrangement.


Examples of Bad Co-Parenting Behavior

Bad co-parenting can manifest in various ways. Here are some common examples of detrimental co-parenting behavior that can impact your child custody case:

  • Constantly arguing or fighting with the other parent in front of the children.
  • Refusing to communicate or collaborate with the other parent on important decisions related to the child’s upbringing, education, or medical care.
  • Making derogatory or harmful comments about the other parent to the children.
  • Interfering with the other parent’s visitation rights or scheduled parenting time.
  • Attempting to manipulate the children to side with one parent against the other.
  • Withholding important information about the child’s well-being or activities from the other parent.


The Impact of Bad Co-Parenting on Your Child Custody Case

When bad co-parenting is evident, the court may view it as a sign that one or both parents are not prioritizing the best interests of the child. This can significantly influence the court’s decision on custody arrangements. Some potential consequences of bad co-parenting on your child custody case include:

  • Reduced parenting time: The court may decide to limit the parenting time of the parent exhibiting poor co-parenting behavior.
  • Supervised visitation: If the court believes that the child’s safety or well-being is at risk due to bad co-parenting, they may require supervised visitation for the parent in question. Motions to restrict can be filed under C.R.S. 14-10-129.
  • Loss of decision-making authority: The court may grant the other parent sole decision-making authority if it’s determined that one parent’s poor co-parenting is compromising the child’s best interests.


How to Improve Co-Parenting for a Successful Custody Outcome

Improving your co-parenting skills can not only benefit your children but also increase the likelihood of a favorable child custody outcome. Consider the following tips to foster a positive co-parenting environment:

  • Focus on effective communication: Keep the lines of communication open, respectful, and consistent with your co-parent. Utilize text messages, emails, or a shared calendar to ensure both parents are informed and involved.
  • Prioritize your children’s best interests: Always put the needs of your children first. Avoid getting caught up in personal disagreements or conflicts with your co-parent that could negatively impact your child’s well-being.
  • Maintain a united front: Present a consistent set of rules, expectations, and values across both households. This consistency helps children feel more secure and reduces confusion.
  • Keep your emotions in check: It’s natural to feel anger or resentment towards your ex-partner, but it’s crucial to manage these emotions for the sake of your children. Seek support from friends, family, or a therapist to help you process your feelings in a healthy way.
  • Be flexible: Life is unpredictable, and both parents may need to adjust their schedules occasionally. Work together to accommodate changes in a fair and cooperative manner.
  • Encourage your child’s relationship with the other parent: Avoid making negative comments about the other parent in front of your child, and encourage their bond with both parents. This support is vital for your child’s emotional well-being.


When to Seek Legal Guidance

If you’re struggling with co-parenting issues or facing a child custody case, it’s essential to seek the guidance of an experienced family law attorney. At Griffiths Law PC, our compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of child custody cases, ensuring the best possible outcome for you and your children.



Bad co-parenting can have serious consequences on your child custody case, as well as the emotional well-being of your children. By focusing on effective communication, prioritizing your children’s best interests, and maintaining a united front, you can create a healthy co-parenting environment that fosters positive child development and increases the likelihood of a successful custody outcome. If you need assistance with a child custody case, contact Griffiths Law PC for expert legal guidance tailored to your unique situation.