Broomfield Parenting Time (Visitation)

Child Custody Attorneys Representing Broomfield Residents

parent and childVisitation rights, which are generally known as “parenting time” in Colorado, may be an emotionally charged issue. The law recognizes that parents have a right to maintain an ongoing relationship with their children after a divorce. At Plog & Stein, P.C., our child custody lawyers have years of experience helping parents assert this right. Visitation matters can be complex, and having the right Broomfield parenting time lawyer on your side may make a critical difference in your case.

Determining Parenting Time Arrangements

In many situations, parents will be able to come to an agreement regarding custody and visitation with their minor children. However, if they are unable to come to their own agreement, the decision will be made by a judge. Contrary to some traditional views, courts will not give any automatic preference to the mother over the father. A judge is free to consider all of the factors that may be relevant to what is in the best interest of the child, including the child’s adjustment to their home, school, and community, the mental and physical health of everyone involved, and the physical proximity of the parties if this is relevant to the pragmatic considerations of parenting time. If the child is old enough, their own wishes regarding parenting time may be taken into account.

During a visitation determination, it is possible that a child expert may be needed to investigate and inform the court about what is in the best interest of the child. These experts are typically known as Child and Family Investigators (CFI) or Parental Responsibilities Evaluators (PRE). CFI’s and PRE’s are considered neutral third parties and courts are highly likely to follow an their custody and visitation recommendations, unless gross ineptitude or misconduct is involved. Serving people throughout the Broomfield area, the parenting time attorneys at Plog & Stein make it a point to assess each case in terms of whether an expert is needed and which specific expert would be a good fit for accomplishing our clients’ objectives.

“Primary residential custody” denotes the parent with whom the child will reside for a majority of the time. However, the designation of primary residential custodian generally does not have any bearing on the other parent’s visitation rights. In fact, it has become more common over the last decade for expansive, if not equal, visitation to be the norm. Of course, 50/50 time is not always in a child’s best interest and our attorneys know what factors the various courts look at when deviating from that norm. Primary residential custody may be altered through an agreement between the parties, when the issue of relocation arises, or if the court finds that the child is physically or emotionally at risk in the custodial parent’s home. Modifications of visitation entail different standards, depending upon the degree of change to the court ordered schedule being sought.

In most cases, there will also need to be a decision regarding holiday visitation. The first step is to identify holidays that are important to each parent and then to determine a way to allocate those holidays fairly between them. Typically, holidays are assigned to a parent on an alternating yearly basis. Issues of holidays depend on each family’s specific situation and also sometimes on the ages of the children. Vacation time is also a common part of any visitation order. In any case, detail and specificity as to these types of issues matter and can often prevent conflict down the road based on ambiguity. We understand that concrete orders matter and tend towards a less contentious future for both parents, and more importantly, the child.

Discuss Your Parenting Time Matter with a Broomfield Lawyer

Home to over 55,000 residents, Broomfield offers many parks and protected areas for families to enjoy, including Blue Star Memorial Park, Anthem Community Park, Broadlands West Park, and Emerald Park. The experience of raising a child should be rewarding and memorable, even when the parents decide to part ways. At Plog & Stein, P.C., our knowledgeable Broomfield parenting time attorneys understand that the stakes are high in these matters, and we can zealously advocate for your rights at every step of the way. We understand how important it is for parents to spend time with their children and have protected the interests of people throughout Colorado in these matters. To get started, call our family law lawyers at 303-781-0322 or contact us online.

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.
Tom
★★★★★
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.
Neal
★★★★★
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.
Sandy
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