The child custody attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. have been helping clients fight for their custodial rights to their children since 1999. Our family law legal team is comprised of experienced and skilled professionals dedicated solely to the practice of divorce and child custody law. When your marriage or relationship ends, it’s logical that a degree of worry and uncertainty regarding your children will set in. While some situations are simple, with the parents readily agreeing to a parenting time schedule, others can be complex. Understanding that nothing matters more than your children or the time you spend with them, we take custody matters very seriously. Having the right legal representation in your Denver child custody case can provide a peace of mind that comes with knowing you are well represented.
While the hope is that your case settles, there is always the chance that it won’t. Absent an agreement, the end result of your case may very well be a court trial, at which a judge or magistrate will ultimately make decisions regarding visitation, legal decision-making, or other child related issues. Using our decades of combined experience, the lawyers at Plog & Stein, P.C. can effectively help you throughout your custody proceedings. We will be there to guide you, advise you, and advocate for you, both in and out of the courtroom, when dealing with issues of:
- Establishing Child Custody Orders
- Parenting Time Schedules
- Child Custody Emergencies
- Interstate Custody
- Modifications of Parenting Time
- Enforcement of Child Custody Orders
To schedule your confidential case assessment, contact us online, or call us, today, at (303) 781-0322.
Child Custody Cases in Colorado
All Colorado child custody determinations are statutorily supposed to be made in the “best interest” of the child, pursuant to C.R.S. 14-10-124. Section 124 lays out various factors a court is to look at when determining things like legal decision-making, parenting time, and primary residential custody. Child custody and parenting time litigation ensues based on differing viewpoints between the parents as to those factors and what is in their child’s best interest.
When handling a Denver parental responsibilities (technical word for “custody”) case, the attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. look at each client’s facts and circumstances, mapped up with C.R.S. 14-10-124, to assess not only likely outcomes, but also to formulate a strategy for accomplishing the client’s goals. Things such as past involvement with the children, availability to meet their needs, and ability to effectively co-parent are critical attributes for obtaining meaningful parenting time orders. No two cases are alike and some present challenges, such as safety issues related to mental illness, substance abuse, or domestic violence, which can have an impact on both the visitation schedule and legal decision-making.
In Denver, joint parental responsibilities (legal custody) regarding the making of major medical, educational, and general welfare decisions is the norm. Again, safety issues or a demonstrated inability of the parties to work together can lead to a sole allocation. Additionally, over the last decade, we have seen a significant shift towards courts throughout the Denver area adhering to the notion that equal, 50/50 parenting time is best. As such, courts will often look at 50/50 parenting time as a starting point, with the onus then put on the parents to show why one should have majority time.
Though various norms permeate the child custody litigation landscape, the facts of your case will dictate what ultimately gets ordered. Knowing how to analyze and present those facts as evidence generally requires the insights and skills of an experienced child custody attorney, who knows what courts usually look for. In cases of disagreement regarding what the parenting time schedule should be, the appointment of a child custody expert may be needed. Expert reports can often lead to settlement, though not always. Regardless of your situation, we understand the law, court procedures, and steps needed to strive for the best outcome in your custody case.
Courts retain jurisdiction over the issue of custody until a child reaches the age of 18. Given that circumstances and children change over time, it’s not uncommon for visitation schedules to be modified, sometimes more than once, as time goes by. Likewise, future court involvement may be necessary when one parent denies the other their visitation or custodial rights. Different statutes and legal standards apply to the various situations, some of which can be quite confusing.
Whether you’re going through a divorce or dealing with a modification of parenting time or child relocation issue, we’re ready to assist. At Plog & Stein, P.C., we can help you make sense of your situation and formulate a plan for moving forward. We also know that nothing matters more than the future of your children.
Get the Help You Need from a Child Custody Lawyer
If you need helping filing a child custody case, or responding to a motion to modify parenting time, you’ve come to the right place. At Plog & Stein, P.C., each client matters and we believe in providing top quality representation in every case we handle. With over 70 years of combined family law experience, we have the tools needed to effectively and efficiently resolve your child custody matter.
We also represent people pursuing a divorce in Lakewood, Westminster, Brighton, and other cities in Jefferson, Adams, and Broomfield Counties. Call us at (303) 781-0322, or contact us online to set an intake appointment for your family law matter.