Enforcement of Parenting Time Orders
Visitation, know as “parenting time” under Colorado statute, is perhaps the most important issue to any parent going through a child custody case, or a divorce with children. Each parent facing the break up of a family deals with questions regarding when they will be able to be with their kids and what the visitation schedule will be. As not all cases resolve amicably, some parents spend significant amounts of time and money litigating over their visitation schedule. Ultimately, they will either come to an agreement or a family law judge will decide. Once orders are in place, it will be the court’s expectation that those orders are followed, but what happens when they are not? That’s when consulting with a parenting time attorney can make the difference in your case.
The primary statutory section attorneys use to deal with these parenting time transgressions is C.R.S. 14-10-129.5. Under this section of Colorado statute, courts can enter orders or utilize an array of remedies designed to rectify parenting time violations and prevent future ones. This includes:
- Make-up Parenting Time
- Modification of Orders
- Award of Attorney Fees and Costs
- Remedial and Punitive Contempt of Court Like Sanctions
- Posting of a Bond to Ensure Future Compliance; and
The Denver child custody lawyers at Plog & Stein, P.C. have over 70 years of combined legal experience, which includes fighting for our clients to ensure they get their court-ordered visitation. Perhaps the other parent has denied a few visits and you want the pattern of behavior stopped. Maybe you’ve gone months or years without seeing your kids, yet haven’t known what to do. Regardless of your circumstances, our attorneys are ready to help get things back on track and to hold the other parent accountable for violating the court orders.
Handling Parenting Time violations in Colorado Child Custody Cases
Parenting Time violations come in many different forms. A parent might generally follow the regular visitation schedule, but deny court-ordered holiday or school break time. Sometimes one parent makes plans which conflict with the court-ordered visitation schedule and just deny time, perhaps for a weekend, without any regarding for the other parent’s rights. In the most severe cases, some parents will just completely deny all parenting time, leaving kids to go weeks, months, or more without seeing the other parent. Courts take parental alienation very seriously and the remedies which may be afforded the aggrieved parent can be severe.
If you’re being denied your court-ordered parenting time, don’t wait to act. Fortunately, statute indicates the parenting time disputes falling under C.R.S. 14-10-129.5 shall be given priority on the court’s docket. In lay terms, this means that motions to enforce parenting time may be heard much faster than other child-related motions. Once the motion is filed, there will generally be a contested hearing. At this stage, each side will need to present whatever evidence they may have to support their claim. At Plog & Stein, P.C., our experienced Denver family law lawyers are adept at litigating all aspects of parenting time disputes, including taking them to trial. Regardless of which side of a parenting time dispute you are on, we understand what it takes to effectively present your case and concerns to the court. We also understand that nothing matters more than your time with your kids.
Seek the Assistance of an Experienced Child Custody Attorney!
In Colorado, child custody orders, including those related to visitation, continue until a child reaches 18 years of age. Disputes regarding visitation can arise at any point along the way, becoming more complex as kids get older or parental alienation is involved. Having the right family law team on your side matters and the season parenting time attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. understand your concerns and what it takes to make sure your visitation orders are followed. Our only goal is the best possible outcome for you, the client.
For more information about how our firm can help you with your parenting time case, call our offices without delay.
Plog & Stein, P.C. diligently represents family law clients throughout the Denver metropolitan area and can help you navigate through your parenting time enforcement case. With offices in both the Denver Tech Center and Broomfield, we are ready to handle your Douglas, Arapahoe, Adams, Jefferson, or Boulder County child custody case.