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Parent/Child Law

car seat safetyIf you are recently separated or divorced in Colorado, shared custody is becoming quite a trend. Whether this means weekend visits, every other week, or a 50/50 split of parenting time, it is important that children are transported safely from one home to the other. Parents should be sure they are following the Colorado laws concerning child safety seats and seatbelt restraints. In fact, many custody agreements include language about child safety.

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shared parentingIf your marriage is headed for divorce and you have children, it is important to consider the importance of shared parenting. In the past, custody was "awarded" to one parent or the other, essentially excluding the non-custodial parent from of the everyday lives of the children. But there has been a sea change in how family court judges view custody. Family court judges and mediators across the country have embraced decision-making that honors the "best interests of the children." This could still mean they live with mom in the family home, but it is just as likely to be a shared custody decision.

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cohabitation_with_kidsA lot has been written about the subject of cohabitation and whether it is a good idea to "try on" a partner before marriage. With so many couples getting divorced, even the most values-oriented demographic groups are starting to embrace the idea of living together. But is it wise to cohabitate when one or both partners have children? This was the topic of a Washington Post Q & A in the "On Love" section of their website, where readers are invited to weigh in by asking questions to an expert moderator.

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stepparentingIf there was ever a “subtle art” that requires extreme sensitivity, it would have to be step-parenting.  Just ask any stepchild how they feel about having a stepparent in their lives and they will not hesitate to tell say how they really feel.  Teenagers are particularly vocal about stepparents, who they see as an unnatural intrusion into their family life.

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social_media_custody_battleAs the audience for social media sites continues to grow, many divorce attorneys are advising their clients to be careful with their online presence.  Some are going as far as telling them to delete their Facebook accounts right away, particularly clients who are involved in a custody battle.  But that isn’t always necessary.  Family lawyers often recommend a new level of privacy on social media accounts.

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807847_25036805Enforcement of a child custody order in Colorado may seem complicated to the uninitiated, but there is a simple remedy that works for most cases.  A Colorado Springs family lawyer may file a Verified Motion Asserting Non-Compliance with the Colorado family court.  This motion may also be filed by an individual.  Either way, the court must respond within 30 days by denying the motion, setting a hearing date or requiring mediation between the parties with a report back to the court.

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child_supportsContemplating divorce can be very difficult, especially when children are present.  Child support is probably the most contentious issue in a divorce, and it often causes a non-custodial parent to seek shared custody.  In the state of Colorado the amount of child support you pay or receive in a divorce situation will depend on your parenting time, or custody arrangement.

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child_custody_attorneyGetting a divorce is probably one of the most stressful experiences a family can endure, especially when their children are young.  While couples may have differences about the division of assets and the amount of spousal support to be paid, child custody is an extremely sensitive issue and should be handled in the most collaborative way possible.  Does this mean you won’t need to work with an attorney or enter a courtroom to work out the details?  Probably not; but there are still many ways to reach an agreement that will honor your joint commitment to be good parents.

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blog-logoSingle parents have enough to deal with just raising kids on their own without a partner; but when the non-custodial parent refuses to pay child support it just makes things worse.  Some of these parents have lost touch with the other parent and have little hope of ever collecting support, but others are dealing with spouses who intentionally set up their lives to avoid paying child support.  In the eyes of Colorado family court judges, this type of parent is easy to spot.

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blog-logoIf you are going through a divorce, one of the most contentious issues may involve deciding how your children will be raised.  Questions may include “Who will win primary physical custody?”; “How will holidays and vacation time be divided?” and “How will decisions be made with regard to the child’s religious upbringing and education?”  While all of these decisions fall into the category of “child custody,” it all comes down to one thing:  how will divorcing parents get their fair share of parenting time without endangering the best interests of the children?  As a Colorado family lawyer, I always recommend my clients work this out in mediation, but that isn’t always possible.  When parents don’t agree, it will ultimately become the court’s decision.

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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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