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Determining custody after a divorce or separation can be emotionally taxing and difficult. At VanLandingham Law, our Denver child custody attorney can help you through the process with compassionate and reliable service.

Types of Child Custody in Colorado

Custody grants a parent the rights and responsibilities of making major decisions for a child. Sole custody can be awarded to one parent or joint custody awarded to both parents. The non-custodial parent, and sometimes the grandparents, will be awarded visitation. The main factor in determining custody is the child’s best interests.

Please contact us at (720) 513-2299 to learn more about how we can assist you with your child custody dispute.

How Is Child Custody Determined in Colorado?

Family courts in Colorado make custody decisions based on what is in the child’s best interest. Gender alone is not a consideration when awarding custody, so there is no presumption that the mother is automatically the better parent.

When determining custody, a court may consider:

  • The wishes of the parents
  • The child’s wishes
  • Emotional bonds between parent and child
  • The ease with which a child could adjust to a new home or school

What Is Considered an Unfit Parent in Colorado?

If you are fighting for custody and want to prove that the other parent is unfit to have custody, you must be able to prove it. Common examples of an unfit parent include, but aren't limited to:

  • Child abuse (physical, verbal, and/or emotional)
  • Child neglect
  • Substance abuse (alcohol and/or drugs)
  • A history of violence
  • Mental illness or incapacity

Can a Child Decide Which Parent to Live With in CO?

When considering the child’s wishes, the court will listen to the child as long as he or she has the ability and maturity to form an independent opinion. There is no set age in Colorado for the judge to consider the wishes of the child.

Legal vs. Physical Custody in Denver, CO

There are two types of child custody that can be awarded, legal custody and physical custody.

Legal custody is when a parent (or parents) is given the right to make important decisions on behalf of the child or children. Some of these important decisions will include education (such as where the child will go to school), extracurricular involvement, medical decisions, religious activity and involvement, etc.

Physical custody is when a parent (or parents) is given the right and responsibility to physically care for the child or children on a day to day basis. This primarily refers to where the child will live.

Joint Custody Arrangements

Increasingly, courts are awarding joint custody to parents. This is also known as joint parental responsibilities, meaning both parents can make major decisions for the child. Joint custody can be either legal or physical.

In joint legal custody, the child lives with one parent and both make decisions. In joint physical custody, the child spends 50 percent of the time with each parent. This arrangement can be difficult for many families, due to distance, work schedules, and other factors.

At VanLandingham Law, our Denver child custody attorney provides compassionate, family-oriented advocacy to help you come to an arrangement that works for your family.

We offer initial consultations at affordable rates. Please call (720) 513-2299 to get started.

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