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Child Custody Rights

blog-logoJust like every other state, Colorado has many lawyers who consider themselves one of the “top divorce attorneys”, but not every family lawyer can rightfully claim this title.  That’s why it’s so important to look at an attorney’s track record and ask for references before deciding on who you will hire. 

When it comes to fighting for custody, the top divorce lawyers will be able to give you case studies of major custody battles they’ve won.  If you choose to hire one of Colorado’s finest custody lawyers, they will provide you with valuable advice and practical steps you can take to improve your chances of winning. 

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blog-logoWith nearly half of all marriage ending in divorce, many children feel the impact of losing one parent from their household.  Like most states, Colorado courts don’t always make decisions that are gender neutral, and it is the father that usually suffers from these rulings.  Most custody decisions favor the parent who spends the most time with the children, and since most children spend more time with their moms than their dads, fathers often lose out in a divorce.  If you are a man who is fighting for a fair custody agreement in Colorado, working with a team of Colorado Springs family law attorneys can help. 

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blog-logoIn light of recent changes in Colorado divorce law, specifically with regard to child custody, it is important for noncustodial parents to have a legal understanding of how certain behaviors might impact their visitation.  Earlier this week, in “Part One”, I explained how supervised visitation works, and who is most vulnerable to it. 

As a Colorado Springs child custody lawyer, I have seen many parents request supervised visitation simply becaus e they don’t want their children exposed to their husband’s new girlfriend.  However, in order for a custodial parent to have the court deny visitation rights to the other parent, it is imperative that they provide proof of how that parent’s behavior runs contrary to their child’s best interests. 

Below are some acts that typify the court’s definition as “contrary to the child’s best interests”:

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blog-logoIn the state of Colorado, like most other states, many separated or divorced parents are faced with the prospect of supervised visitation, but there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding this topic.  As a Colorado Springs child custody lawyer, I feel compelled to shed some light on the legal aspects of supervised visitation.

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blog-logoIn Colorado divorce cases, child custody disputes are a common occurrence, but if you are expecting an all-out battle, it helps to know how the courts will try to resolve it.  As a Colorado Springs child custody lawyer, I have seen many couples go through the family court system. 

Continue reading for a brief overview of how you can expect a Colorado Springs judge to decide on your child custody case.

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blog-logoIn a Colorado divorce, parents are charged with the monumental task of dividing the time they spend with their children.  Parenting plans determine where the children will live, how often they will see the non-custodial parent, which holidays will be spent with which family, and much more.  As a Colorado Springs child custody lawyer, I have seen firsthand how contentious these issues can become, even after the documents are signed.  That’s why it is so important to include as much detail as possible in a parenting plan. 

Even when parents get along well, coming up with a comprehensive parenting plan that makes sense for everyone concerned can still be challenging. But when it comes to deciding on their children’s religious upbringing, it can easily turn into a battle. 

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blog-logoSome children have a hard time managing their feelings when parents decide to divorce, and many parents fail to realize this.  Parents can become so embroiled in an attempt to win child custody that they can forget how fragile their children really are.  As a Colorado Springs custody lawyer, I see many parents make the mistake of involving their children in a custody dispute.  Children are much better off not knowing all the details of their parent’s disagreements.

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blog-logoAfter a divorce, most people look forward to beginning a new, positive relationship.  But if you are a parent of minor children, you should be aware of how that new relationship might affect your custody agreement, especially if you and your new partner choose to live together.  If you are concerned about how cohabitation may affect your children and your custodial rights, a Colorado Springs custody lawyer can help.

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blog-logoWhether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent, traveling overseas with children after a divorce can be a real headache.  Even traveling to some Caribbean destinations requires a passport, but getting a passport isn’t always easy.  For children under 16, this means both parents must give their consent.  When divorced or separated parents get along well, this may not be much of a problem.  But it can be a legal nightmare for those who don’t. If you are battling with your ex for permission to travel internationally with your children, talking to a Colorado Springs family lawyer can help. 

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blog-logoHave you checked your Facebook status lately?

The growing popularity of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace has already had an impact on divorce cases in Colorado and around the country.  And as any Colorado Springs divorce attorney will tell you; it is not uncommon for evidence found on these sites to be used in family court.  Social media evidence has been presented frequently in child support and child custody cases.  That’s because people share information about themselves on social media sites that may reveal their lifestyle, occupation and whereabouts. 

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MPatMarrisonFor over a quarter century, we have helped people during what is often the darkest time in their lives. Divorce is not easy even under the best of circumstances. For most people, family is central. Having something go wrong in the family can have a ripple effect that extends beyond the home and into other areas.

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