Child Custody

Denver Child Custody Attorney

Colorado law no longer uses the terms "custody" or "visitation." Instead, in family law proceedings we consider the allocation of parental responsibilities.

1. Decision-making, which includes educational, medical and religious decisions.

2. Parenting time, which avoids the win-lose mentality of child custody and visitation. In Colorado, in all but the most extreme cases both parties will have as least some parenting time.

Usually decision-making responsibilities are shared between the two parties. However, if the parents can’t agree, the judge could award sole decision-making responsibility to one parent.

While both parties have parenting time, it may be equal, nearly equal, or very unequal. The party with the majority of parenting time (meaning overnights) is often called the primary or custodial parent.

Our child custody attorneys believe in creating a unique parental responsibility plan specifically tailored for each family’s needs. Oftentimes, these cases call for an evaluation of parents and/or children before any decisions can be made. We are equipped to offer experienced counsel in these situations and with matters where a child needs a legal representative or child and family investigator.

When the parties are unable to resolve child custody issues, we can explore alternative ways of resolving the issues.

Grandparent Visitation

Our lawyers are experienced in representing parents, grandparents and other third parties in proceedings where a grandparent or third party seeks child custody and visitation rights.

Parent Relocation

A parent may wish to relocate outside of Colorado following a divorce, taking their child or children with them. Often such a move would substantially upset the existing pattern of contact between the children and each parent. Court approval is often required before this can happen. Our lawyers are experience both in requesting relocation and in representing the parent who opposes such a move.

Child Custody Modifications

In any divorce, parenting time, decision-making, and time schedules are subject to the continuing jurisdiction of the court. As children grow, their needs and schedules change. What was in the best interests of a child at age five might not be in the best interests at age 13. The abilities and circumstances of parents also sometimes change in ways that can impact the well being of the child. If parenting time changes, child support may also be affected. We can advise parents about what circumstances might justify a modification.

Contact the Denver, Colorado, family law firm at McGuane & Hogan, P.C.