Broomfield Child Custody Attorneys
Supporting Colorado Families
Traditionally, parental responsibilities after divorce are categorized under the blanket of “child custody,” and these issues may be fiercely battled in court between the two parents. However, the state of Colorado handles the concept of child custody a little differently, re-terming it the “Allocation of Parental Responsibilities” and placing a greater emphasis on co-parenting when possible.
From dividing parenting time to making decisions about your child’s medical treatments, child custody and support issues can be surprisingly difficult for a formerly married couple to navigate without the assistance of a trained family law attorney. At Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C., our Broomfield child custody lawyers are well-equipped to help you decipher the state’s unique statues, and come to a positive arrangement that will benefit everyone.
Can I Get Sole Custody of My Child?
In some states, sole custody is not that difficult to win, provided you can prove one parent is unfit or otherwise disengaged in the child’s life. But while parental responsibilities are rarely divided equally, the majority of Colorado cases result in some type of shared allocation of parental responsibilities.
When deciding on a custody and support arrangement, Colorado judges will consider two main things: parenting time, and decision-making power. If it is clear that one parent presents an imminent threat of abuse or injury to the child, you may be able to win sole custody in both categories. Barring that, however, the state statutes are written to nearly guarantee that you will need to find a middle ground on the parenting time schedule and the decisions you make for your child.
Primary Factors in Child Support and Custody Cases
Although the court will try to split parenting time and decision-making power evenly, some issues may become incredibly complex, even in the most amicable split. It can also be difficult to come up with a parenting schedule on your own, as these often require delicate maneuvering between multiple jobs, locations, and residences.
Here are a few of the factors that can influence child custody and support allocations:
- The standard of living at each parent’s residence
- The level of financial resources each parent can provide
- The child’s preferences
- Location of the child’s school and other educational opportunities
- Distance between the two residences
- The depth of the bond between each parent and the child
Of course, the primary factor involved in any child support or child custody case is the best interest and happiness of the child. Far and away the most important aspect, this will be used as the main metric in any court order related to parental responsibility allocation.
Our Broomfield family law attorneys will keep all these factors in mind as we help your family come to an equitable and peaceful solution. With more than 30 years of legal experience, we can provide strategic insight and passionate advocacy for your child custody or support case, no matter what your specific needs may be.
Give us a call at (720) 809-8310 today for assistance with negotiating or litigating a child custody case in Colorado.