Custody

Family Law - Custody

Custody matters, perhaps the most important issue to our metropolitan area clients, are a major part of the Plog & Stein family law practice. As most divorce cases involve children, custody is generally an aspect of all of our cases. In Colorado, courts hear individual custody cases or deal with custody matters as part of a divorce. In light of this, our experienced Denver custody attorneys are skilled at litigating all aspects of custody cases, including establishment of physical custody, visitation, decision making, modifications, emergency issues, and more. There is nothing more important than your children. Most Colorado area custody cases also entail the issue of child support, another large and important aspect of our practice.

With each custody case, we look at both the client's wishes and what will be optimal for the children, presently and years down the road. What happens today can affect a child tomorrow. The hope is that people can work out their custody issues with our assistance and without need for a trial in front of a judge. It is better to dictate your child's outcome than to let a stranger decide. Unfortunately, custody and visitation are often contested issues, leading to hearing. In such instances, we seek to be fully prepared and ready to litigate your concerns. Our attorneys are equally comfortable in and out of the courtroom and are ready to fight for you.

In Colorado, the term "custody" is no longer used in statute; however it is still the term used by most people. Starting in 1999, the term "custody" was replaced with the term "parental responsibility." Custody used to be divided into two facets, "physical custody", meaning with whom will the children reside primarily, and "legal custody", meaning who will have the right to make major decisions for the children. Today, "custody" or "parental responsibility" entails 3 areas: Who the children will live with, who has the right to make major decisions for them, and what will visitation ("parenting time") be for the non-custodial parent. Presently, though residential custody is still a commonly fought over issue, in most instances the parties share joint parental responsibility as to the making of major decisions for the children, or what used to be termed "legal custody." In Colorado, custody and visitation orders end when the child turns 18 years of age.

Each custody case can have its own set of facts and circumstances and each family, or child is different. As custody lawyers in Denver, the attorneys at Plog & Stein deal with a wide array of issues, including domestic violence, drug or alcohol problems, and mental health concerns which may have an impact on a case. As part of our practice, we also deal with actions to prevent children from danger, or to ensure that visitation orders are being followed. Likewise, our attorney can advise you on the need for experts in your case to investigate and report on issues related to your children and custody. Each case is important to us, no matter how complex or how small the custody or visitation issue.

At Plog & Stein, our attorneys take your custody matters very seriously. With each client, we analyze the case from a comprehensive approach. Our attorneys are armed with the experience, knowledge of the law, and insights to help you strive for the best possible outcome for yourself and your children. Whether a minor visitation issue or a complex matter requiring the assistance of experts, your custody case matters. Contact us via our website, or call (303) 781-0322, to speak with one of our attorneys regarding your custody case.

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