Denver Child Custody Attorney
Let Our Child Custody Lawyer Help Find the Best Solution for Your Family
Determining who will get child custody or parental responsibilities after a divorce is not an easy task. Luckily, the state of Colorado favors joint custody – whenever possible.
To learn more about child custody law in Colorado, continue reading or give us a call today at (303) 622-5227.
Our lawyer understands the emotional toll a custody battle can have on a family. We take these matters very seriously and focus on creating an effective resolution for you and your spouse, keeping everyone’s best interests in mind. We focus on amicable resolution instead of litigation, although, if you must go to court, know we will fight every step of the way to protect you.
As a boutique law firm, we have the time and resources to provide you with a tailored approach. We consistently go above and beyond our clients’ expectations, guiding families through this transitionary phase of their lives with kindness and compassion. We empower you by explaining your options and addressing any fears or questions you might have about the process. We are here to reassure you should anything uncertain about your case come up along the way – as it often does.
How Does Child Custody Work in Colorado?
To better understand child custody in Colorado, you first need to know the two parts of child custody: physical custody and legal custody.
This type of custody refers to where your child will live. You and your spouse may share joint physical custody or one of you may be awarded sole physical custody. Physical custody also requires the parent to provide for additional needs, such as transportation, meals, etc.
The court typically orders joint physical custody as they presume it is best for the child to have continuous contact with both parents.
Legal custody touches on everything physical custody does not, including all decisions that are required to raise a child. Some of the aspects of legal custody include:
- Extracurricular activities
What Is Colorado’s Best Interest of the Child Standard?
Before making a custody determination, courts in Colorado are required to think about the child’s “best interests” first.
When determining the child’s best interests, here are some factors the court is required to consider:
- The parents’ wishes
- The child’s wishes “if he or she is sufficiently mature to express reasoned and independent preferences as to the parenting time schedule”
- The relationship between the child and parents, siblings, and any other person closely involved with the child’s life
- The child’s lifestyle (home, school, and community)
- The mental and physical health of all parties
- Each party’s ability to encourage love, affection, and contact between the child and other parent
- If the parties’ previous interactions with the child shows that they maintain a system of values, time commitment, and mutual support
- How far apart the parties live from one another
- The ability of each party to place the needs of the child first
There may be other factors involved as well, such as:
- Whether the parties can cooperate and make decisions together
- Whether each party’s past involvement shows an ability to make joint decisions that provide a positive and loving relationship with the child.
- Whether joint decision-making would contribute to more contact between the child and each party.
You’re hiring us to NOT have things ‘get messy.’ Though we're well prepared for anything, we see going to trial as a last resort. Our primary goal, if possible, is to help our clients reach an agreement. That being said, you are hiring us for legal representation and need a trusted advocate in your corner. We never lose sight of this.
Transparency is a core value that we take seriously. We ensure that you’re informed every step of the way. You’ll be notified of every phone call, email, and stamped letter both sent and received. However, we take great tact not to overwhelm you with the unnecessary steps of the process.
Boutique for a Reason
As an intentionally small divorce and family law office, we take the time and care to become working partners with our clients. We don’t just provide one way from point A to B. When it comes to one of the most vulnerable events of your life, the last thing you need is a cookie-cutter approach. Our process involves mapping out several options so you can choose the cleanest path forward.
Once an agreement is reached, there are still a number of things to wrap up and loose ends to secure. We take the time to stay engaged with you for as long as needed to ensure you're well informed for whatever next steps you'll need to take.