Westminster Parenting Time

Family Law Attorneys Advocating for Residents of Westminster

westminster parenting timeAs a parent going through a divorce, visitation rights (statutorily known as “parenting time”) are likely a top priority for you and your family. With decade of family law experience, litigating visitation rights is a major issue in many of our child custody and divorce cases. Our Westminster parenting time lawyers know how contentious the battle for parenting time can become. At Plog & Stein, P.C., we are prepared to thoroughly and honestly assess rights and options for all of our parenting time clients. Our attorneys will work hard to help you meet your visitation goals, while also making sure you have a realistic understanding of the court process. Nothing matters more than the future of your children.

Understanding Your Parenting Time Rights in Westminster

At this time, Colorado courts use the best interests standard, outlined in further detail in C.R.S. 14-10-124, to allocate parenting time in a divorce or custody case. Courts in Adams County and all around the state have become more open to equal, 50/50 visitation being the norm. This does not mean equal parenting time is automatic or that there are not factors which can lead a court to ordering something different. Your individual facts and circumstances still matter when it comes time to determine a visitation schedule. However, recently, two separate bills were introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives to codify the 50/50 trend, but both bills were postponed indefinitely.

What does this mean for your fight for parenting time? As our parenting time lawyers can explain to Westminster residents, family law courts recognize a parent’s fundamental right to have a relationship with their children. Today, courts may start with the default assumption that having equal time with both parents is the best situation for a child’s emotional development. Again, this does not happen in every case. It is up to the judge’s discretion to determine what is best for the child. Exceptions to the 50/50 parenting time trend are usually made when a child’s health and safety is endangered or a child’s emotional development may be at risk. For example, if a parent attempts to limit the child’s contact with the other parent or makes derogatory statements about the other parent directly to or within earshot of the child, it can negatively impact that parent’s visitation rights. Other less nefarious factors can also affect parenting time, such as distance between the parties’ homes or one parent’s work schedule. No two cases are alike and you should never assume yours will automatically fit into a formulaic legal box.

Because judges cannot go out into the real world to assess the factors leading to a child’s best interest in each case, the need for custody experts may arise. Colorado has enacted two statutes, (C.R.S. 14-10-116.5) and (C.R.S. 14-10-127), to cover the potential need for a child the child custody experts. The first, a Child and Family Investigator (CFI), is a neutral third-party who can investigate the situation with regard to the best interests of the child and make a written recommendation to the court related to both visitation and custody. The cost of a CFI is capped by law at $2,750, and a CFI is often a lawyer, but can sometimes be a mental health professional. The second statue allows for the appointment of a Parental Responsibilities Evaluator (PRE). The PRE is always a mental health professional with a license to provide mental health assessments. A PRE investigation is much more in-depth and can cost a lot more than a CFI, as there is no cap on their fees. Choosing a PRE is more suitable when mental health or substance abuse issues are involved in your case.

The child expert you choose, or that is chosen by the court, can have a tremendous influence in a parenting time dispute. As such, it is vital to partner with a parenting time attorney who knows how to effectively engage and work with both CFI’s and PRE’s, and who also has familiarity with the known individuals working in the family law community. At Plog & Stein, P.C., our attorneys have developed a familiarity with the child experts in the area and we can guide you through the evaluation process, including picking the right expert for your case.

Discuss Your Parenting Time Case with a Westminster Attorney

Contact Plog & Stein, P.C. today to speak with an experienced parenting time lawyer to discuss the merits of your case and the appropriate course of action to take. We represent both men and women seeking to assert their rights to be in involved in all aspects of their child’s life. Call us at 303-781-0322 or contact us to set up an appointment with a Westminster parenting time attorney today.

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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 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.
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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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