Visitation (Parenting Time)
As custody lawyers in Denver, the experienced family law attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. handle all aspects of divorce and custody cases related to children. Perhaps the most contested issue in any custody case, or divorce with children, relates to visitation (“parenting time” as defined by statute). Our attorneys often hear clients say, “nothing matters more than my time with the children.” We understand this and are ready to fight for that relationship.
Pursuant to Colorado statute, parents have a right to have a relationship with their children. Our courts and laws recognize this right and the developmental importance to children of knowing and enjoying time with both parents. Our experienced attorneys are skilled at litigating Denver visitation and custody cases for both men and women. Legal visitation battles can occur both prior to the entry of final orders and after. We are equally skilled at establishing initial visitation orders or dealing with modifications of parenting time after the initial part of the divorce or custody case is done.
As Denver custody attorneys, we understand the wide array of issues that may arise in a visitation battle. We also seek to know the courts we are in, and what the judge in your case may be looking for when it comes to determining visitation. We also recognize that no case is the same and that each child is different. Not all cases we see are simple. Not all parents are equal. We see cases in which drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, geographic distance, age of the children, and other factors can have a profound effect on the visitation schedule. We can help you establish an appropriate schedule. We are also there to make sure our clients have the ability to try to protect their children should some of the danger issues mentioned above arise.
Visitation prior to entry of permanent orders is usually governed by C.R.S. 14-10-124, the statutory section setting forth the “best interests” of the children. C.R.S. 14-10-129 deals with the legal standards and factors for modifications of visitation. Our Colorado family law attorneys are well versed in the legal standards set forth in both sections, and can advise you appropriately on the strengths of your case and the appropriate course of action for meeting your visitation objectives.
It is quite common for visitation battles to also lead to the appointment of child experts, who investigate and inform the court as to what is in the best interests of the children regarding visitation. The experts are generally referred to as Child and Family Investigators or Parental Responsibilities Evaluators. For over a decade, our attorneys have taken the time to develop a familiarity with and understanding of the experts regularly appointed, with the goal of trying to match each case with the expert best suited to our clients’ needs. What these experts have to say can have an extreme impact on your visitation or custody case. Our attorneys are experienced in this facet of a visitation case and are also ready to guide you through the evaluation process.
Plog & Stein is also there to make sure your visitation orders are enforced appropriately. Denials of court ordered parenting time can be damaging to the children and the parent/child relationship. Colorado statute provides various remedies for enforcing your visitation orders and ensuring they are followed.
Whether in or out of the courtroom, our Denver divorce and custody lawyers are ready to fight for you to gain the visitation schedule you feel is best for your children. Our experience and knowledge of the law and court system allows us to deal with each case in a skilled, efficient, and informed manner. Let us help you and your family.