Arapahoe County Child Custody

Arapahoe County Child Custody Lawyers

Child Custody in Arapahoe CountyPerhaps one of the most painful aspects of a divorce is dealing with child custody issues. While some parents are able to make a custody determination on their own, there is often disagreement between parents and the potential for hurt, disappointment, or frustration. Because this process is complex and involves such high stakes — the well-being of your children — it is not wise to represent yourself. The experienced child custody attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. employ both understanding and knowledge to advocate for your position, and to make this difficult process easier for you and your children. Our child custody lawyers have represented many Arapahoe County residents over the years and are adept at assessing your case, how a court might deal with the custody aspects of that case, and whether a child expert, such as a Child and Family Investigator might be needed to provide more information or insights to the court. We are skilled in both negotiating custody agreements and litigating custody and visitation matters in the courtroom.

How Do Colorado Courts Determine Custody?

Child custody issues in Colorado revolve around residential parental responsibility (known as "physical custody" in other states), parenting time ("visitation" in other states), and decision-making ("legal custody" in other states). Courts consider several factors in determining each of these custody issues. The primary area of contention in Colorado custody cases, including those in Arapahoe County, centers around parenting time and residential custody. In making a custody determination, the court will evaluate some of the following factors listed in C.R.S. 14-10-124:

  • The parents' wishes;
  • The child's relationship with each parent as well as siblings;
  • The location of the child's school, home, and community as well as the geographic proximity of the parents after their separation or divorce in relation to those places;
  • The mental and physical health of every family member; and
  • The child's wishes.

Though equal parenting time has definitely become the norm in Colorado, judges are not likely to grant equal visitation when a parent has neglected or abused the child, or children. Likewise, a parent seeking equal visitation must be available for the children, and to share in the day to day responsibilities required to raise them. If you believe that your spouse or former spouse has abused or neglected the children, you will need credible evidence of this in order to present a request for sole residential and decision-making custody to the court. Allegations of spousal abuse or substance abuse, supported by credible evidence, may also affect the court's decision. Though “50/50” visitation is certainly the norm, it’s not automatic and should not always be presumed, by either side.

Judges who generally plan to award parents equal decision-making (legal custody) focus on the relationships of each family member. One of the biggest concerns is whether the parents are able to make decisions together. Shared parental responsibilities regarding the making of major decisions is the norm, but can be more difficult if the parents are at constant loggerheads about what decisions would serve their child's best interests.

Judges also want to see that each parent has a loving relationship with the child. The courts look most favorably upon parents who place the child's needs above their own. They will also consider each parent's past pattern of involvement with the child, and what custody arrangement will ensure that both parents continue to have frequent contact with the child.

Knowledgeable Child Custody Attorneys in Arapahoe County

At Plog & Stein, P.C., we prepare every case thoroughly, and advocate persistently until resolution is reached, either through mediation, negotiated settlement, or trial. However, we are also aware of how expensive divorce and child custody proceedings can be for the average Colorado resident. Our experience allows us to be strategic and efficient, as well as detail-oriented.

Contact the experienced Arapahoe County child custody lawyers at Plog & Stein, P.C. at (303) 781-0322, or via our online form. Collectively, our lawyers have over 60 years of experience advocating for clients in Arapahoe County. We are dedicated to seeing you through this difficult time, and helping you achieve the best possible outcomes for your family.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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