Castle Rock Child Custody Lawyer
Workable Solutions for Your Castle Rock Custody Battle
Castle Rock is home to over 16,000 households, almost half of which have children under the age of 18. The unfortunate reality in today’s world is that sometimes families split apart, including in Castle Rock. When this happens, kids can get caught up in the middle of the drama. As a parent, you never want your children to suffer, including when your relationship or marriage ends. Not all transitions end smoothly and sometimes a child custody battle becomes necessary to protect your children and their futures. That’s when it’s time to look for help from an experienced Castle Rock child custody lawyer. The family law attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. have decades of combined experience fighting for Douglas County parents in all types of child custody cases. Let us put that experience to work for you when dealing with:
- Establishment of Parenting Time and Decision-Making
- Modifications of Visitation
- Emergency Custody Hearings
- Enforcement of Parenting Time Orders
- Child Support
How Custody is Determined in Castle Rock
Starting in 1999, Colorado statute changed when the term “custody” was replaced with “parental responsibilities.” The two main aspects of parental responsibilities are visitation and decision making. Courts take parental responsibilities very seriously and are required to enter orders deemed to be in the best interest of a child. This means that, no matter how heated things get between you and the other party in your case, the children’s best interests come first. Though the best interest standard is enumerated in statute, with various factors a court should look at, the reality is that each judge will have his or her subjective viewpoints regarding what is appropriate when it comes to formulating those child custody orders.
At Plog & Stein, our Castle Rock child custody lawyers believe that parents are almost always going to be better equipped than the court to determine what is best for their children. As such, we firmly believe in exploring options for settlement. When agreements can’t be reached litigation follows, ultimately leading to a court hearing. Whether your case ends in settlement or a day in court, having an experienced child custody attorney on your side matters.
Custody agreements or parenting plans require detail and insight. The more specificity, the less likely it becomes that there will be battles over interpretation down the road. Each case is different and not all cases settle right away. It’s not uncommon for settlement to be reached shortly before your final hearing. From start to finish, there are many steps to take when dealing with your custody case. This can include motions to the court, mediation, or dealing with a child custody expert, appointed to weigh in on the various issues. Strategy also comes into play in terms of knowing what to do at each specific juncture, whether dealing with the court, a child custody expert, or the other party. The end goal is to have workable visitation and decision-making orders, which will need to include specifics on both major and lesser points, such as a detailed holiday schedule or how joint decisions will be made in practice.
At Plog & Stein, we understand how important your child’s future is. We strive to make sure our clients’ wishes and concerns are heard. We also work hard to keep abreast of the law and to maintain a working familiarity with the courts, judges, and child custody experts in the community. When dealing with something so important as your child’s future, make sure you have an advocate on your side who understands the legal system and what it takes to navigate through a Castle Rock child custody case. Each of our lawyers is seasoned in all aspects of Colorado custody and has years of experience both litigating and settling cases.
Child Custody Attorneys Aggressively Protecting Castle Rock Residents’ Rights
Time spent with your children is precious and your rights to it should be aggressively protected. With so much on the line, the family lawyers at Plog & Stein, P.C. offer the skilled representation that you need to go into your child custody battle prepared and equipped to handle anything that comes your way. Call us at 303-781-0322 or contact us online to schedule a consult with a member of our team.