Jefferson County Child Custody
Determining child custody and parenting time schedules either during or after a divorce is always a sensitive practice. Balancing time between the parents is delicate work and it’s difficult to find an arrangement that will please everyone all of the time. If you are working with an ex-partner to figure out custody and visitation or fighting for your right to your children, the Jefferson County custody and parenting time attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. will leverage our years of experience to fight for the most optimal outcome in your case. Your family deserves the best possible arrangement for custody and visitation. We’ve helped Jefferson County families with all aspects of custody cases, including:
- initial child custody determinations
- visitation (parenting time schedules)
- modifications of parenting time and decision-making
- emergency custody issues
- enforcement of parenting time orders
- paternity cases
We’re ready to serve your family’s best interests, too.Custody and Parenting Time in Jefferson County
Out of the over 206,000 households in Jefferson County, over 33% have children less than 18 years of age. As such, custody and visitation are some of the most important issues our Jefferson County clients face.
Under Colorado statute, child custody is called “parental responsibility.” Courts assign parental responsibilities split into two categories. Based on various factors, but with the children’s best interest always at top priority, a family court judge will determine who the child will primarily live with or whether the parents will share equal, 50/50, visitation. The second category relates to who has the right to make major decisions for the child. This can include major medical, educational, and general welfare decisions. Usually, this is awarded jointly and courts generally believe it best for parents to work together to make major decisions for their child or children. Later on, if they are unable to come to an agreement on a major decision, the courts may need to get involved again.
Visitation schedules are considered “parenting time” and can be the most problematic piece of the custody puzzle. There are many facets to a parenting time schedule, from deciding regular time, to holidays, to vacations, and more. If one parent lives or decides to move out of state, a whole new layer of complexity is added to the framework you are trying to build. The most important thing for all parties to keep in mind, no matter how thorny the child custody situation becomes, is to always be at your best in front of the children and to keep their interests in mind first and foremost.
This is just a basic overview of the custody and visitation issues clients might face. Realistically, there are a myriad of items and details to be worked out, either in or out of the courtroom. At Plog & Stein, our attorneys are equally skilled and comfortable in both arenas and will work hard to get you the outcome you deserve in your Jefferson County child custody case.Sound Advice from Jefferson County Custody and Parenting Time Attorneys
No one wants to lose precious time with their children over an unworkable custody arrangement. We understand how important your children are to you and have helped many residents of Jefferson County fight for their custody rights. If you are in the middle of, or preparing for, a custody battle or need modification to your parenting time schedule, the team at Plog & Stein, P.C. has over 60 combined years of experience to bring to bear in your case. Set up a consultation with a dedicated member of our team by calling at 303-781-0322 or contact our family lawyers online.