Child Custody

Denver Divorce Attorney Custody Information

Your children are priceless.  We understand that they are the most important aspect of your life, and work tirelessly to ensure that their needs are at the forefront of all decisions.  While a divorce or child custody case may be bitter and highly contested, it’s extremely important to remember that your children should be sheltered from the antagonism and stress.  Exposing your children to the process is highly detrimental to them, and we work with each parent to keep the conflict level as low as possible, which is best for both the parents and children involved.

“Child custody” concerns three main issues: parenting time, decision-making and child support. If two people biologically share a child together, but are not legally married, then the appropriate case to initiate is typically an “Allocation of Parental Responsibilities” (commonly referred to as “APR”) case.  If you biologically share a child with another person to whom you are married, then the “APR” issues will be addressed within the dissolution of marriage itself, not as a separate APR case.

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In addition, even if you are not the biological parent of a child, there are circumstances when it may be appropriate to seek parental responsibilities through the Court.  For instance, if you are strongly bonded to a child and have played a significant role in his or her life, but not the biological parent, it may be in the child’s best interest to continue that relationship.  This occurs with people who become “psychological parents” to a child, and may happen if you’re a stepparent, sibling, grandparent, member of a same-sex couple, or significant other to one of the biological parents.  Our qualified, experienced Denver family law attorneys can help determine whether your circumstances qualify you to be a psychological parent.

“Child custody” concerns three main issues: parenting time, decision-making and child support. If two people biologically share a child together, but are not legally married, then the appropriate case to inmarried, then the “APR” issues will be addressed within the dissolution of marriage itself, not as a separate APR case.

In addition to potentially securing rights as a psychological parent, grandparents may be entitled to seek visitation with their grandchildren by Court Order, which is referred to as “grandparent visitation,” and codified by Colorado Revised Statute §19-1-117.In addition, even if you are not the biological parent of a child, there are circumstances when it may be appropriate to seek parental responsibilities through the Court.  For instance, if you are strongly bonded to a child and have played a significant role in his or her life, but not the biological parent, it may be in the child’s best interest to continue that relationship.  This occurs with people who become “psychological parents” to a child, and may happen if you’re a stepparent, sibling, grandparent, member of a same-sex couple, or significant other to one of the biological parents.  Our qualified, experienced Denver family law attorneys can help determine whether your circumstances qualify you to be a psychological parent.

Regardless of the manner in which your case will be decided, there are several types of parenting time schedules that may accommodate your children’s needs.  We know that one of the most difficult struggles in family law cases for you will be establishing a parenting plan that you believe is in your child’s best interests.  We are here to help you through that struggle.  We will sit with you and strategize the best way to ensure that your child’s best interests are at the forefront of your case, and develop a parenting plan together that you believe will be best for your child.  For now, here are a few helpful bits of information to know in family law cases.

The bottom line for courts is determining a parenting plan in the best interests of the child. You will hear this phrase often, and we are dedicated to working beside you to make sure we are advocating for a parenting plan that you will believe is in your child’s best interests.Although the term is commonly used, refrain from using the word “custody” in the courtroom.  Many years ago, this word was removed from most of the laws concerning parenting time for children to reduce conflict between parents. We use it on our website for simplicity, but we will constantly work with you during our conversations if you use the word while working on your child’s parenting plan.  Instead, we use the terms “parenting time” and “decision-making.”

All parenting plans will need to address how to exchange the children between the parents.  Parenting time exchanges can be extremely emotional and difficult for both the parents and the children.  It’s important to remember to be positive and promote the relationship between the child and the other parent, regardless of your true feelings.

Above all else, we understand that your children come first for you, and we are here to ensure that they are put first in your family law matter.

Please see our page concerning child support for more helpful information.

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