The Cherry Creek child custody lawyers at Hogan Omidi, PC, want to help you maintain a strong relationship with your child, during and after your separation or divorce. Our firm focuses exclusively on family law matters and we are here to support you. Call us at (303) 691-9600 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our experienced Cherry Creek family lawyers.
Factors Colorado Courts Consider When Determining Child Custody
In Colorado, the standard for child custody is determining what is in “the best interest of the child”. Colorado courts consider the following factors when determining child custody and allocation of parental responsibilities::
The Parents’ Wishes
The court will not make assumptions about the type of allocation of parental responsibilities simply based on the gender of the parents or the child. Instead, the court will consider the parents’ stated wishes.
The Child’s Wishes
The child’s wishes may also be considered if the child is of sufficient age and maturity to express an independent preference. In some child custody cases, an expert interviews the children and other people in their lives and communicates this information to the court.
The Child’s Relationship with Their Parents, Siblings, and Other Influential People
The court also considers the child’s interaction and relationship with the people who reside with the parent, such as half-siblings or other relatives. It also considers their existing relationships with grandparents, other extended family members, and other people with whom the children have a close relationship.
The Child’s Adjustment to Their Home, School, and Community
It will be important for the court to consider whether the child is faring well at home, in their school, and in their community. The court will carefully consider these factors if one parent wants to change their primary residence or school district.
The Child’s and Parent’s Physical and Mental Health
The court can consider the physical and mental health of the parents and how it may impact their ability to care for the child, but a disability in and of itself is not enough to deny or restrict parenting time in Colorado. The court can also consider the child’s physical and mental health to ensure the parent(s) can meet their needs.
The Parents’ Past Pattern of Involvement with the Child
Colorado courts can consider the parent’s previous relationship with the child and their pattern of involvement.
The Distance Between the Parents
Colorado courts can consider the proximity the parents’ homes are to each other. This is often a crucial consideration in determining what kind of time-sharing schedule might be realistic.
The Ability of the Parents to Encourage a Positive Relationship Between the Child and the Other Parent
Colorado courts want to see parents encouraging their child to have a loving and healthy relationship with the other parent. Both parents should support ongoing contact between the child and the other parent.
The Ability of the Parents to Place the Child’s Needs Ahead of Their Own
The court also considers the parents’ ability to place their child’s needs in front of their own.
Contact a Cherry Creek Child Custody Lawyer for Assistance
Nothing is more important than your relationship with your child. At Hogan Omidi, PC, we are here to help you negotiate for a fair allocation of parenting responsibilities. If more amicable options are not possible, we can present your argument in court and fight for the outcome you want. Call us at 303-691-9600 or contact us online to learn about your legal rights and options concerning child custody.