Disputes over child custody and parenting arrangements require thoughtful and creative solutions in order to allow divorcing parents to go their separate ways while still raising children together in a healthy and cooperative manner.
The family law attorneys of Hogan Omidi, PC, are well-versed in all facets of Colorado custody law. In fact, our founding partner wrote the book on family law; she co-authored the definitive text on the subject which is used by lawyers, judges and professionals throughout the state.
Our firm will vigorously protect your parental rights while helping you find practical solutions to these complex issues. Contact us today to discuss your custody-related concerns.
From Halleh’s interview for the Masters of Family Law series on ReelLawyers.com
Understanding Colorado Custody Laws
Colorado statute no longer refers to “custody” and “visitation” because it implies that one parent is the real parent and other is only marginally involved, which does not reflect reality. The official legal term is allocation of parental responsibilities, but of course most people still use custody as shorthand.
The family courts are concerned with two aspects of parental responsibility:
- Decision-making (aka legal custody) regarding major decisions on the child’s education, medical care and general welfare
- Parenting time (aka visitation or physical custody) regarding day-to-day care and how much time the child spends in each household
Typically, both parents share decision-making authority (aka joint legal custody). Parenting time might be split equally or nearly equally, or it might be more one-sided. A parent who is awarded a greater share of parenting time may be referred to as the primary parent or custodial parent, but the noncustodial parent retains an equal say in child-rearing decisions if there is joint decision making.
We represent mothers and fathers in contested custody proceedings, to preserve their active role in the child’s life and safeguard the best interests of the child. Collaborative family law or mediation may help parents find common ground for agreement on custody rather than putting their fate in the hands of the court.
Parenting Plans That Help You Move Forward
A parenting plan is the document that sets forth all the terms regarding how decisions will be made regarding the parents’ shared child. The plan also includes the weekly schedule and the details of co-parenting such as pick-up times, family events and summer vacation. It also addresses financial issues from child support to health insurance to which parent claims the tax deduction. Our lawyers help you devise a parenting plan that covers the bases and is fair and practical for everyone.
We Handle All Custody-Related Matters
Conflicts don’t end with the initial determination of custody and parenting agreements. We regularly address issues that arise after divorce or custody decree, such as:
- Relocation by either parent
- Modification of custody, parenting time or child support
- Grandparents seeking visitation or custody
- Visitation by extended family or third parties
- Unmarried parents seeking parenting time
- Same-sex parents who have unique custody issues
When Custody Issues Go Overseas
International child custody increases the complexity of a custody dispute exponentially. Whether you live abroad and are considering a move to Colorado or vice versa, we can help you seek a modification to your existing order. Because international travel, especially if it is long-term, may require written proof of the other parent’s consent, we can advise you on this matter. We can also help you in situations of international child abduction.
Let Us Guide You To Parenting Solutions
We serve the Denver metro area and throughout Colorado, with offices in Cherry Creek and Aspen. To discuss your custody matters with our experienced family law attorneys, please call 303-416-5697 or contact us online to schedule a time for an appointment.