Windsor, CO asked in Family Law for Colorado

Q: Is it legal to lock the children's door st night so they do not sneak out and get in a dangerous situation. They are 2.

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  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: There are no clear rules about locking doors, but there is nothing inherently improper with locking a door for a child's safety (note: CHILD'S safety, not parent's convenience). Be aware that the child must be monitored (which should happen whether the door is open, shut or locked). Since there are no clear rules, the issue turns on whether the locked door is neglectful or endangers the child. I would think that locking a door when a child can walk and needs to visit the bathroom might be an issue at a later time...

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