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At the Denver Family Lawyers, we understand the importance that parents play in the lives of their children. One of our greatest goals is to help parents protect the relationships that they have with their children through parenting agreements and child custody orders.

Why do clients choose Denver Family Lawyers?

Are you looking to get a divorce and want to fight for fair custody? Maybe you are separated parents who need to establish a plan for parenting time, or a father looking to fight for your fathers’ rights. Whatever the case may be, speak with a Denver custody attorney from our firm to learn what your options are.

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Colorado Child Custody Laws

In 1999, the familiar term “child custody” was changed in Colorado to the more politically-correct term “parenting responsibilities.” However, these responsibilities are still referred to in the vernacular as “child custody” matters. There are several categories of child custody cases in Colorado. The first category is Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR) cases, which occur between parents who were never married. These types of cases are generally brought before the domestic relations division of District Court in the county where at least one of the parents resides.

The second type of custody case involves parenting time and decision-making authority. These cases are generally decided during or following a divorce case and involve physical custody (who the child lives with) and legal custody (who makes life decisions for the child).

Is Colorado a 50/50 Child Custody State?

Ideally, Colorado courts would prefer to carry out the order of joint custody so that the child can spend time with both parents equally. In addition, it would allow each parent to make major life decisions for the child such as education and healthcare. However, courts have had a harder time implementing these orders because of various factors such as housing circumstances or if one parent lives in a different state.

At what age can a child decide which parent to live with in Colorado?

Can the child request which parent they wish to stay with full-time? Of course, but the child must be at a mature enough age for a judge to seriously consider it. Historically, children fourteen years and older have been given these preferential rights.

How is child custody determined in Colorado?

The courts will examine the following when awarding custody:

  • The parent's physical and mental health
  • The distance between the parents' houses
  • The child's wishes, depending on his or her maturity level
  • Each parent's wishes and preferences in terms of custody and parenting time

To help gain more of an understanding of the factors involved in a child custody case, read our blog post here.

What is considered an unfit parent in Colorado?

If you feel that the custodian of your child is unfit to have sole custody, then seeking to terminate their parental rights may be through the grounds of being an "unfit parent". If the custodian of the child exhibits any of these behaviors, you may have a case against them:

  • Alcoholism
  • Child has bodily injuries upon leaving the custodian's premise
  • The custodian has been neglecting the child
  • The custodian has exhibited mental illness or emotional sickness

Domestic violence can also have a significant impact on how child custody is determined. Learn more here.

Contact a Custody Attorney in Denver – (303) 225-3343

Attorney William “Bill” Thode has practiced family law for the past 20 years. As a seasoned trial lawyer, he can provide the aggressive advocacy you need, tempered with compassion toward you and your children. Request your free case evaluation today to learn what Denver Family Lawyers can do for you!

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