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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 303-567-7922.

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.

Physical 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:

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:

  • Education
  • Religion
  • Healthcare
  • 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.

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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.

Reach out online or call us at 303-567-7922 for guidance on your child custody matter.

Pesch Law Office PC

303-567-7922

730 17th Street, #700, Denver, CO 80202

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