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Aurora Child Custody Lawyers

Aurora Child Custody Attorneys Providing Guidance to Residents

Child Custody in Aurora, ColoradoWith a population of over 320,000 residents, Aurora spans Arapahoe and Adams Counties, and a portion enters Douglas County. Since the early 1900s, there has been a large military presence in the city, including an army hospital and air force bases. The Buckley Air Force Base is the city’s largest employer. If you are a parent getting a divorce there, one of the biggest concerns you may have is what will happen to your children and how much control you will have over their upbringing. The experienced Aurora child custody lawyers at Plog & Stein, P.C. have guided many individuals through child custody matters. We can help you advocate for a parenting arrangement that meets your needs and those of your children.

Stephen Plog was amazing to work with. Fantastic communications, highly knowledgeable and honestly cares about his clients. A true pinnacle of his industry that other lawyers should aspire to be.
Erik Philips
Erik Philips
Stephen Plog is the attorney I used to draft my post nuptial agreement and assisted me in preparation of filing divorce paperwork. Throughout both processes, he provided me with reassurance and support. Very fair in pricing and went above and beyond in my opinion. Thank you Plog and Stein.
Nova Utzinger
Nova Utzinger
My issue was paperwork and advice. I was pressed for time and even between the holidays, I was able to get in and talk to Stephen Plog that same day. He made it happen. After explaining what I needed, he was able to quickly get me the necessary documents and I was able to move forward immediately. Very friendly, honest, informative, trustworthy. As is the case for most of us, I hope I never need a family law attorney again. If I do, this is where I’m coming.
Rob Forbes
Rob Forbes
Stephen and his firm came highly recommended. He had looked over my divorce and gave me an honest recommendation and advice. He explained things simply enough for me to fully understand everything. something that was much needed when going through a stressful divorce. I would recommend him to anyone needing help. You won’t be disappointed.
Sean Smith
Sean Smith
If you are going through a divorce I would highly recommend this law firm. They did an amazing job at answering all my questions and helping me relax during very stressful moments in the process. They have me a peace of mind that everything would be ok.
Andrea Jackson
Andrea Jackson
Sarah McCain was my attorney for my legal separation. She was actually my second attorney. I found her AFTER I had a traumatic experience with a predatory attorney that was trying to take advantage of me. I have Autism and was already traumatized by the whole experience of the separation. Sarah was SO KIND, she absolutely took my state of mind into consideration. She explained everything clearly and made sure I understood. She made sure I felt things were fair and she really worked hard for me. I felt so well taken care of with Sarah on my side. Thank you for helping me get through this very hard time in my life Sarah!
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Child Custody in Colorado

Of paramount importance in every child custody dispute before a Colorado court are the “best interests of the child.” Although many people in Colorado still use the term “child custody,” the terms that are used by courts are “parental responsibility” and “parenting time.” There are three main elements of parental responsibility and parenting time: where the child lives, major life decisions regarding such matters as health, education, and religion, and visitation for a non-custodial parent. In most cases, parents share joint parental responsibilities over major life decisions, but there are differences in arrangements regarding residence and visitation.

In Colorado, divorcing parents submit a proposed child custody and visitation schedule to the court when they file to dissolve their marriage. If they are not able to come up with a schedule together, the judge typically orders mediation. If mediation fails, but shared custody is possible, the judge will order a joint schedule that takes into account the child’s activities and needs. Factors the judge will consider in connection with the child’s best interests include:

  • The child’s relationship to each parent
  • Each parent’s ability to put the child’s needs ahead of his or her own
  • Each parent’s willingness to foster a loving relationship between the child and the other parent
  • The physical and mental health of the parents and child
  • A parent’s abuse or neglect of a child; and
  • The physical proximity of the parents’ residences.

Each parent has an equal opportunity to obtain primary residential responsibility for a child. Even if a child lives with both parents equally, one parent’s home is usually designated the primary residence for the child, and this has implications for child support that our child custody attorneys can explain to Aurora residents. When a parent has 93 or more overnights per year with a child, the parents are considered to have shared custody.

Although Colorado courts try to give equal parenting time to each parent, geography can render equal parenting time difficult for both parents and children. If parents live several hours away from each other, it is common for the absent parent to have parenting time every other weekend, as well as time in the summer and on holidays. If parents live in different states, the absent parent often has a larger chunk of the summer as well as alternate holidays. Usually, the parents divide the costs of flying in proportion to their incomes.

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Consult an Aurora Child Custody Lawyer

Your children are likely the highest priority in your life. The Denver divorce lawyers at Plog & Stein P.C. have represented many Aurora residents in devising parenting plans that allow families to move forward after a marriage ends. Whether you want to be the primary custodial parent or will only seek visitation, our objective is to guide you through the child custody process with careful attention to your needs and goals. Contact our Aurora child custody attorneys via our online form or at (303) 781-0322.

We also help clients throughout Arapahoe, Douglas, and Denver Counties with divorce and child support cases. This includes representation throughout settlement discussions, in court, and through all stages of your family law matter.