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Do you understand the types of child custody?

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.

What You Should Know About Denver Child Custody Law

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."

What if my child has special needs?

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.

Modifying Child Custody Orders When One Parent Is Moving

When custody for your child was initially determined and established by the courts, it reflected your then-current situation. It is not unusual for things to change over time, however. One common question that arises is whether a custody order can be amended when one parent has a job opportunity that will take them out of their current geographic area permanently. Legally, this is referred to as a "relocation" or "removal" situation.

Parental responsibility and decision making are independent

Child custody matters are usually very complex matters that have the life of an innocent person at the center. When you and your ex have different opinions about what is best for your child, you might have to turn the court for determinations on what will happen with the child. The points that can be addressed in a child custody case can vary greatly depending on the circumstances. We can help you to determine what aspects of child custody should be addressed by your agreement.

Do a child's wishes influence custody?

Child custody issues can be among the most difficult and divisive parts of any divorce proceeding or family law dispute. Often, this means the biological parents of a child working through the court system to determine the distribution of parental responsibilities such as where the child will live, the visitation rights of the non-custodial parent and the child's education. The wishes of the child in these instances are also important to consider.

Child custody conflicts don't have to be huge issues

Every parent has a certain way he or she thinks a child should be raised. Parents who are married or still in a relationship will usually work together to determine how their child should be raised. Parents who aren't in a relationship with each other aren't as likely to be able to work through child raising issues in a productive manner. That is where the child custody agreement comes into the picture.

Parental Alienation: Impact In Child Custody Disputes

As a Colorado parent in a divorce or custody battle, you may have engaged in parental alienation without even realizing it. That is because there are varying degrees of parental alienation. You may be wondering, what exactly is parental alienation? According to Psychology Today, parental alienation is, "a set of strategies that parents use to undermine and interfere with a child's relationship with his or her other parent." Just how intentional or often this behavior is occurring can affect the severity of parental alienation.

You can still make decisions, even with limited responsibility

Colorado no longer uses the word custody when referring to a parent's time with a child, instead calling it parental responsibility. The idea is the same, but the change in terms opens the door for two different types of responsibility, which are:

How can I help my child cope with divorce?

It's easy to get focused on the property division and child custody aspect of the divorce. However, if you have children as a result of the relationship, it's important to keep them at the forefront of the process and be prepared to handle their emotional needs as they navigate the divorce as well.

If you need help, contact us as soon as possible.

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