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Child Custody Rights

Deciding on Child Custody in Colorado

Thursday, 05 November 2009

There is no doubt that divorce wreaks havoc on the lives of everyone in a family, but it is often the children’s needs that are overlooked.   That’s why it is so important to think carefully about the type of custody arrangement that will work best for your children.  A Denver child custody lawyer can help you work out the most sensible custody agreement to meet the unique needs of your family.

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A large segment of the fathers in Colorado fall under the category of "alleged" or putative fathers. These men are the biological parents of children conceived out of wedlock. This article takes a look at what their rights are and how the law allows them to be involved with the upbringing of their children.
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When a couple with children gets divorced, custody is usually the most contentious battle they face.  But even after a parenting plan has been established, sometimes issues come up which demand enforcement.  For example, if a non-custodial parent refused to return the children to the custodial parent at the proper time, or violates other terms of a Colorado custody order, they are guilty of “custodial interference.”

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When a Colorado divorce judge decides to establish which parent gets custody of a child in a divorce case, the overriding factor is the best interests of the child, irrespective of which parent is 'right' or 'wrong.'  

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Summertime brings special access need for divorced Colorado parents and their children.  There are lots of special events and activities during the summer. Routine birthdays, family get-togethers, picnics, or special trips.  If conflicting events occur each summer then perhaps the children can participate with one parent this summer and the other parents next summer. If the events are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities than it would usually be wise for the other parent to give way and not force the children to miss out. The bottom line is that flexibility and cooperation serve the children so much better than confrontation and rigidity. Even parents who have not separated must negotiate with each other and make trade-offs when making plans for how to spend the summer. Each parent needs to place the children's best interests above all else and this almost always means making sure they maintain a close relationship with the other parent.

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Courts in Colorado Springs divorce or dissolution of marriage cases recognize the concept of a psychological parent and its relationship to the best interest of the child.  The psychological father or psychological mother in a divorce is someone other than a biological parent who develops a parent-child relationship with a child through day-to-day interaction, companionship, and caring for the child.  Who may be deemed a psychological parent has been defined in various ways –common to these definitions is a relationship with deep emotional bonds such that the child sees the person as Mom or Dad. 
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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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