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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.

Compromise is often best in child custody cases

Child custody matters are often very difficult matters for parents. The child's best interests have to be placed at the heart of the case. But, what happens if the parents don't agree on what is in the child's best interests? In some cases, the parents might have to turn to the court to have the court decide what is in the child's best interests. We know that the thought of having to go through a child custody case isn't a pleasant one, but we are here to help you through it.

Colorado Court of Appeals to hear case involving 6-year-old

The Colorado Court of Appeals is set to hear a case involving a 6-year-old girl with dual citizenship in both Latvia and the United States. The girl was apparently visiting Denver, Colorado, with her father when he died of a heart attack. The girl's mother had also died shortly after her birth. The father's will states that guardianship of the child was to be transferred to the girl's nanny who had been living with and taking care of her for the majority of her life. According to reports, the girl also called the nanny "Mommy."

How important is a clear parenting time plan?

Establishing a schedule or plan for parenting time is extremely important in custody cases. Children need structure, and knowing when they are going to see which parent and how long the parenting time will be allows them to feel more control over the situation. How your parenting time plan is set up, however, largely depends on your individual circumstances and what is deemed in the best interests of the children.

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