Arapahoe County Parenting Time Lawyer
You probably feel a great weight lift off your shoulders when you finally come to a workable custody arrangement with your children’s other parent. Unfortunately, circumstances often change as your kids get older and parenting time modification becomes necessary multiple times throughout their childhood. A teenager’s more strenuous school and activity schedule, for example, might mean they want to spend less time shuttling back and forth between two households. Or, your work schedule may have changed for the better and you want to spend more of this newly freed time with your children. Whatever the reason, sometimes making adjustments on your own is difficult, especially if the other parent doesn’t believe an adjustment is necessary. In this case, a trusted Arapahoe County parenting time lawyer who handles modifications can be a great resource. The same holds true if you are facing a motion to modify the parenting time schedule filed by the other parent. The lawyers at Plog & Stein, P.C. have years of experience representing child custody and parenting time modification clients throughout Arapahoe County. We specialize in constructing creative solutions in an efficient, results driven, and timely manner. In any child custody case, our only goal is the best possible outcome for you and your children. Let us put our over 70 years of combined legal experience to work for you!
Your Parenting Time Rights and Responsibilities in Arapahoe County
When beginning a parenting time modification case, you may want to take the opportunity to do a full-fledged analysis of your overall child custody and support situation. Modifications of visitation are authorized pursuant to C.R.S. 14-10-129, with various applicable standards depending on the significance of the modification sought. The standard to make slight adjustments or broader changes is generally going to be the “best interest” standard, while seeking a change in primary residence will generally require showing some sort of physical or emotional endangerment. A completely different set of criteria applies for situations in which the primary parent is seeking to relocate with the children in a geographically significant manner. The attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. are highly skilled in assessing your situation and formulating a plan for either bringing or defending against a parenting time modification motion. Our familiarity with both the law and the court process allows us to provide solid representation, both in and out of the courtroom.
The first step in any parenting time modification will be one side or the other filing a motion to modify with the court. The other parent will have twenty-one (21) days to file a written response. If no response is filed, the court may grant a default order giving the moving party the relief he or she is requesting. In Arapahoe County, upon filing, the court will issue a case management order setting forth certain expectations and will also set a post-decree initial status conference. This conference will generally be with the Family Court Facilitator and is not a formal hearing. At the conference, you can expect discussions regarding required mediation, the potential need for experts, and a brief recitation of the issues at hand. The ultimate conclusion of the process will either be the parents reaching an agreement or a formal, court hearing in front of a judge or magistrate. Through each step of the process, our attorneys will be there to advocate for you and to advise you regarding your options.
Some cases necessitate the use of a child custody expert. Normally, judges will not have children testify in court. In order to have their voices heard in a parenting time modification case, a Child and Family Investigator may be necessary to look into the family’s situation and make recommendations for the court to consider. Properly dealing with the custody expert can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Our attorneys can guide you in dealing with these types of experts. Whatever your parenting time modification concerns, we know what you are going through and what is needed to effectively deal with the situation.
Secure Your Rights with Effective Arapahoe Parenting Time Attorneys
Getting back into a custody dispute after everything feels settled can be upsetting and emotionally taxing. Every parent wants the best for his or her children, so if you are thinking about seeking a modification or need to fight against an unfair modification request, don’t hesitate to reach out to the exceptional parenting time attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. Call us at 303-781-0322 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with a member of our legal team.
Our primary office is located in the Denver Tech Center, and we’re just minutes away from the Arapahoe County District Court.