Adams County Child Custody

Divorce Lawyers Serving Residents of Adams County

Child Custody in Adams CountyWhen a marriage or relationship breaks down, important child custody issues often must be resolved if a couple has children. Child custody matters may be among the most contentious and emotionally charged issues in a divorce. At Plog & Stein P.C., our Adams County child custody attorneys understand the gravity of what is at stake, and we work diligently for each and every client. With decades of experience to guide us, we have helped many Colorado parents continue to maintain a meaningful role in their children’s lives.

Protecting Your Child Custody Rights

Colorado technically no longer uses the term “custody.” Instead, the term “parental responsibility” is used, and this may be either joint or sole. Joint responsibility refers to an arrangement in which the parents share equal decision making authority related to making major health, educational and welfare decisions for the children. In deciding whether or not joint parental responsibility will be awarded, a court will take particular note of the degree to which the parents can make decisions jointly for the best interest of the children. Decision-making has nothing to do with the time the parents spend with the children.

Joint parental responsibility as to major decisions is generally the norm, absent extreme circumstances, such as domestic abuse, child abuse, substance abuse, or severe mental illness. Most courts believe that parents making decisions jointly promotes the best interests of the child.

The other major aspect of parental responsibility is parenting time. In Colorado, there is a presumption that children benefit from frequent and ongoing contact with both parents. Also, a court will not favor the mother over the father, as was sometimes the case in years past. Parenting time (visitation) can come in many forms. This can include the children living primary with one parent and the other parent having visitation. It can also include equal parenting time. Many factors go into determining what appropriate parenting time should be and each family is different. A child custody lawyer in Adams County can explain these factors to you.

All court-imposed custody determinations in Colorado are based what the court believes is in the best interest of the child. A court may consider any factor that is deemed to be relevant to custody, including the wishes of the child, the wishes of each parent, the household environment of each parent, where the child goes to school, the child’s ties to the community, the mental and physical health of all parties, any history of substance abuse, or any history of physical or sexual abuse.

It is important to note that the allocation of parental responsibilities is determined entirely separately from decisions of child support. As a result, child support payments or the lack thereof may not be used as a reason to deny custody or visitation.

Discuss Your Child Custody Needs with an Adams County Attorney

Over the years, our dedicated Adams County child custody lawyers have helped many parents preserve and build a healthy relationship with their children, and we can help you as well. We understand that these issues need to be treated with sensitivity and attention to detail. Our divorce attorneys will take the time to understand your goals and expectations. We represent people throughout the Denver metro area. Call us at 303-781-0322 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys.

Client Testimonials
  • His passion and ferocity kept me going through this long ordeal.
    When I first came to Plog & Stein it was simply discuss the renegotiation of child support. Little did I know that within 72 hours I would be retaining Steve Plog for a custody battle. His passion and ferocity kept me going through this long ordeal. I have recommended him to my friends and I would recommend him to anyone with who wants honest and effective representation.
    ★★★★★
  • I recommend Sarah and the attorneys at Plog & Stein to anyone that has these types of family issues and need strong, knowledgeable representation.
    I am thankful for the job Sarah McCain did for me in my fight with my ex-wife for visitation rights with my daughter. Sarah and the team at Plog & Stein handled my case in an efficient, affordable, and professional manner. Sarah negotiated a new parenting plan as well as acceptable visiting rights and even a favorable modification in my child support. I recommend Sarah and the attorneys at Plog & Stein to anyone that has these types of family issues and need strong, knowledgeable representation.
    ★★★★★
  • At the end of the day he was able to produce a settlement that was fair to both parties.
    I highly recommend Stephen Plog for anyone in need of a top notch domestic relations attorney. After a 27 year marriage, Stephen represented me in a complicated and sometimes bitter divorce with many unique challenges. At the end of the day he was able to produce a settlement that was fair to both parties but limited my alimony payments to only 3 years. He is smart, cuts to the chase, knows the court system in the Denver metropolitan area and can be trusted to get his clients the best possible settlement.
    ★★★★★
  • Their service was outstanding, with prompt responses to all of my questions.
    Sarah McCain and Plog & Stein were wonderful to me during such a difficult time in my life. Their service was outstanding, with prompt responses to all of my questions and creative ideas throughout the proceedings to help things go smoothly. Sarah's compassion, patience, and expertise were especially invaluable to me. I highly recommend them.
    ★★★★★