Child custody cases take the specific points of the case into account. These points include factors like the domestic violence that we discussed in our previous blog posts. When there are circumstances like that at the heart of the child custody case, the court must carefully consider the options that are available for the child.
Infants and toddlers require a lot of care. These young children thrive on routine and familiarity. This makes it difficult for parents of these young children to come up with a child custody order when the little one's parents aren't living together any longer. There are some specific points that must be addressed in these cases.
We recently discussed some of the issues that come up for child and spousal support. While many people think that child support and child custody go hand-in-hand, that is somewhat of a misconception. While child custody and child support are both important, being able to see your child's doesn't depend on whether you pay child support. We aren't saying that you shouldn't pay, but we are noting that you can still spend time with your child even if you aren't able to pay.
Most people know or at least suspect when someone close has an addiction. Maybe your spouse's addiction was the main reason your marriage ended. Raising children with a drug addict or alcoholic can be frustrating and frightening because mind-altering substances can make a person undependable or even dangerous.
Absent parents were our topic last week. This is something that many parents have to deal with. Trying to help their child cope with the absent parent can be challenging. But, there is something even more challenging -- helping the child to cope with the situation if the other parent comes back into the picture.
Child custody issues are some that are hard for children to deal with. For a child who has lived with both parents for all of his or her life, suddenly not having both parents around can be bad. Some parents have to deal with another element that happens after the divorce -- the child's other parent disappears completely.
The time you spend with your child is precious time during which you can make memories. If you and your child's other parent aren't in a relationship any longer, you might be worried about how you are ever going to be able to spend enough time with your child. The answer to that conundrum is that you can seek a court order for child custody and visitation.
As you move through the divorce process, you may have many questions pertaining to child custody. It doesn't matter if you have one child with your former spouse or several, you need to know how custody is determined and what you can do to put yourself in a better position.
In Denver, the courts use the term "parental responsibilities," instead of "custody." "Parental responsibilities" covers parenting time and decision-making responsibilities involving children. Deciding the amount of time the child will spend with each parent as well as deciding who will be responsible for making legal decisions for the child is known as "allocation of parental responsibilities."
When you're divorcing with children, issues like child custody and the visitation schedule take center stage. However, if you have a child with special needs, there may need to be even more care taken than usual to ensure that these decisions are being made in the best interests of the child.