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Fort Collins Child Custody Lawyer

A child means the world to a parent, which is why Colorado child custody matters can be so anxiety-inducing. Whether in a divorce proceeding or between unmarried parents, disputes regarding the residential arrangement and important decisions on raising the child are common. Even where you can agree with the child’s other parent on key issues, state child custody laws are complicated if you do not have a legal background.

Do not allow emotion or convoluted legal issues impact your relationship with your child. You can trust the Fort Collins child custody lawyers at Divorce Matters to help you navigate through complex laws governing child custody cases. Our legal team has more than five decades of combined experience representing clients in Fort Collins, CO, so we have accumulated extensive knowledge of the laws pertaining to your case. You can feel confident that we will protect your interests as a parent.

Colorado Law on Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

Colorado has joined many other states in replacing the traditional term “custody” with the notion of parental responsibilities. Many of the underlying concepts remaining the same, including where the child lives, who makes important child-rearing decisions, and how visitation works for the non-residential parent. The law favors a shared co-parenting approach and encourages parents to agree on allocating parental responsibilities, but a Larimer County court will step in to determinate disputed issues. The judge’s order may include such provisions as:

  • Which party will be the primary residential parent;
  • A parenting plan that lays out the schedule of visitation for the other parent, including weekends, holidays, school breaks, and other details;
  • How decisions are made in such areas as education, extracurricular activities, medical care, religion, and related issues; and,
  • Any other matters according to law.

Child’s Best Interests Standard

Whether in an agreement between the parents or through court determination, Colorado law on the child’s best interests is the key consideration when allocating parental responsibilities. Factors include:

  • How well the child may adjust to home, school, and community;
  • The child’s interactions and relationships with each parent, siblings, and other people playing a key role in his or her life;
  • The wishes of the child, where appropriate based upon age and maturity;
  • The ability of each parent to encourage strong bonds between the child and the other parent;
  • Considerations involved with physical proximity of the parents’ respective homes;
  • How well the parties can cooperate in making joint decisions;
  • Any presence or history of violence or domestic abuse;
  • A showing of support between the mutual decision makers to provide a positive relationship with the child; and,
  • Other factors designated by the statute or which the court finds appropriate.

Discuss Your Case with a Knowledgeable Fort Collins Child Custody Lawyer

Our attorneys at Divorce Matters take on all types of child custody cases, representing mothers and fathers in co-parenting agreements or in court. If you would like to hear more about your options in the allocation of parental responsibilities, please call us at 720.408.7469 or check out our website. We can set up a consultation to discuss your case.

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Why not start exploring your options? Call us at 720.542.6142 to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced Denver divorce attorneys today.

Our highly-accomplished divorce and family law attorneys practice throughout Colorado, including: Adams County (Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Thornton, Westminster); Arapahoe County (Aurora, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Littleton); Boulder County; Broomfield County; Denver County; Douglas County (Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker); Elbert County (Elizabeth, Kiowa); and Jefferson County (Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Morrison, Wheat Ridge).

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