Perhaps the most difficult issue to face in a separation are issues surrounding child custody. Regardless of whether your child custody case involves a former spouse, a current spouse or an unmarried partner, you will undoubtedly have many questions about your case. Our talented Littleton Child Custody Attorneys will help you answer those questions.
How is a Child Custody Decision Made?
The most important question is often, “How do courts determine who gets custody and how much custody do they get?” Under Colorado Law, child custody is referred to as “parental responsibility,” and visitation is referred to as “parenting time.” When making tough decisions about parental responsibility and parenting time, courts base their decisions on the “best interest of the child.”
The best interest of the child standard is based on a set of factors laid out under Colorado Law. Those factors include:
- The wishes of the parents
- The wishes of the child
- The relationship between the child, parents, siblings, and others
- Adjustment of the child to home, school, and community
- The physical health of all individuals involved
- Involvement of the parties with the child
- How close the parties live to each other
- Whether there has been abuse or neglect
- The ability of each parent to place the needs of the child first
Littleton Child Custody Attorneys Who Care
Our Littleton Family Law Attorneys can help you understand each of these factors in detail, and understand how they apply to the specific facts of your case. In fact, it is often possible for parents to come to an agreement on a parenting time plan through mediation, without going through court battles. We can help craft such a plan for you. When agreements are not possible, we will be there to assert your parental rights in the courtroom.
You may be able to find general answers to these questions by looking online, but our answers will be tailored to your specific case – your specific circumstances.