Denver Unmarried Parents Attorney
Protecting the Children of Unwed Clients in Colorado
Pesch Law Office PC works with unmarried parents facing child-related issues such as child support and parental responsibilities. We understand that no two families are alike, which is why we represent all kinds of families, including traditional and non-traditional ones. That is another reason why we work with our clients on a one-on-one basis to ensure we can provide the best, tailored representation possible to suit you and your family’s unique needs.
Child Custody for Unmarried Parents
Our attorney understands the importance of looking out for the well-being of your child. We are your trusted advocates in your parenting arrangement, and we will always seek out a fair resolution that is in the best interest of your child.
Common Issues Unmarried Parents May Face
It is common for parents to have children outside of marriage. In Colorado, unwed parents have the same rights as married parents do, although there can be strategic differences as to how custody cases are handled between unmarried parents.
Some issues that unwed parents might face regarding child custody orders include:
- Determining custody when one parent has been absent from the child’s life
- Questions regarding paternity – this does not necessarily need to be established to obtain parental responsibilities
- Seeking spousal and/or child support
Establishing Paternity Rights
Paternity refers to the legal relationship between a father and his biological or adopted child. When parents are not married and have a child, additional legal measures must be taken to obtain paternity rights.
Establishing paternity guarantees the child will have access to the same legal benefits and rights as he/she would if his/her parents were married.
These benefits include:
- Health care
- Social Security
- Military survivor’s benefits
- Additional employer-provided perks
- Child support – without paternity, a father does not legally have to provide for his child financially
- Child custody – paternity protects a father’s right to seek visitation/parenting time and be involved in his child’s life
How to File a Paternity Action in Colorado
Colorado allows either parent to file a paternity action. You can move forward with this action whenever you like, however, you must do so before the child turns 18.
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.