Divorce with Kids

Child Custody Lawyers Serving Denver and Surrounding Areas

Often, the most emotionally charged and stressful parts of a divorce with kids are related to figuring out child custody, child support, and other issues involving your children. At Plog & Stein, P.C., our Denver divorce attorneys can meticulously analyze your case and help you figure out your next steps. Our goal is to find solutions that safeguard your interests and the future of your children in the short and the long term. We can fight aggressively for you in any litigation that may be needed or help you reach an advantageous settlement agreement.

The Complexities of a Divorce with Kids

In the late 1990s, the term “custody” was replaced in Colorado with the term “allocation of parental responsibilities.” This area addresses two major issues: parenting time and decision-making. Parenting time refers to how much time the child will spend with each parent, including day-to-day visitation schedules, pick-up and drop-off arrangements, and holidays, special events, and vacations. Decision-making, on the other hand, addresses how major decisions such as the child’s medical care, education, religion, and extracurricular activities are made. The court can allocate decision-making powers jointly to both parents or solely to one parent. This determination is made depending on the specifics of the case.

All child custody and access disputes are to be resolved in the best interest of the child. Making a determination based on the best interest of the child allows the judge to examine any factor that may be relevant to the child’s overall health, safety, and well-being, such as:

  • The child’s relationship with each parent;
  • The physical and mental capability of each parent;
  • The living situation of each parent;
  • Each parent’s income and earning expenses;
  • The child’s preferences;
  • The child’s medical, educational, and other needs; and
  • The child’s adjustment to his or her current school, home, and community.

The list above is not exhaustive. Stability, consistency, and adherence to a routine are powerful concerns when it comes to determining what is in the best interest of the child. As a result, the judge will also examine any evidence of a party’s conduct that may be detrimental to a child, such as substance abuse, domestic violence, neglect, abandonment, or an inability or unwillingness to provide medical care for the child.

In some cases, when the spouses are getting a divorce, one spouse will move to a different state. This can further complicate custody determinations. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act outlines the rules and guidelines to which Colorado courts must adhere when faced with interstate custody disputes. Our attorneys understand how to handle these complexities.

Unfortunately, sometimes emergencies arise when one parent threatens to leave the state with the children, or leaves with them before any custody arrangement is determined. In these cases, emergency relief may be available either to prevent the children from being moved out of Colorado or to get them back. These are highly stressful situations, and we will handle them as efficiently and aggressively as possible.

Child support is another issue that frequently comes up when spouses are going through a divorce with kids. Child support determinations in Colorado are generally based on a statutory formula. While it may seem straightforward initially, the formula can become confusing when a parent has an unconventional employment situation, is underemployed, or is unemployed. We can evaluate your situation and help you determine the child support obligation that may exist in your case. It is important to note that child support obligations typically end when a child turns 19, although there are some limited exceptions to this rule.

Contact a Knowledgeable Divorce Lawyer in the Denver Area

Divorce is a life-changing event that may have long-term consequences for your children and your relationship with them. At Plog & Stein, P.C., our Denver attorneys can help you resolve your divorce, including issues related to children. We understand the nuances of this area of law and can answer all of your questions as well as addressing your concerns along the way. We represent people in Denver, Aurora, Highlands Ranch, Centennial, Castle Rock, and other cities in Denver, Douglas, and Arapahoe Counties. To understand your legal rights and options, call us at 303-781-0322 or contact us online.

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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
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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
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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.
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