Family Law

Child Custody Attorney in Longmont

Protecting Parental Rights: Child Custody Support

The attorneys at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. believe families and children need compassionate, knowledgeable legal support when working through the complexities of child custody disputes. That is what we have offered Longmont families for over 30 years.

When there is conflict in custody cases, it generally concerns parenting time, child support, and decision-making authority—that is, whether one or both parents will have the right to make important decisions regarding their child's upbringing, including education, health care, and religious instruction.

Our Longmont family law team is skilled in navigating these common sources of conflict and knows how to minimize disputes while protecting your parental rights and ensuring the well-being of your children. Let us advocate on your behalf and ensure your voice is heard and your parental rights are respected.

Parental Responsibility: Understanding Colorado Law

While other states typically use the phrase “child custody” when discussing legal living arrangements for children, Colorado adopts a more nuanced approach. In our state, the court uses the language “parental responsibility” in an effort to reframe how families think about child custody cases.

In Colorado, “parental responsibilities” generally encompass three primary areas:

  • Decision-making authority: The right of a parent to make educational, religious, and healthcare-related decisions on a child’s behalf
  • Parenting time: Also known as “physical custody,” parenting time refers to how much time the child spends with each parent
  • Child support: The financial support provided by one parent to the other for expenses related to raising the child

Our state laws encourage parents to share parenting time to maintain stronger parent-child relationships. Parents will also likely share decision-making duties and responsibilities, except in cases where the child’s safety and welfare are at risk.

However, some situations may lead the courts to conclude that a different arrangement is necessary to serve the best interest of the child. These may include circumstances where:

  • One parent has a history of domestic violence
  • There is evidence of physical and financial neglect
  • The child has special needs and would benefit from the care of one parent over the other
  • One parent has largely been absent from the child’s life
  • The child is mature and informed enough to make reasonable living-choice decisions

These are only a few examples of factors that may contribute to alternate custody arrangements, so please consult with our family law attorneys for personalized advice that is tailored to your unique family dynamic.

Compassionate Family Services Since 1989

When you are navigating changing family dynamics and emotionally draining conflicts, you need an ally—expert legal partners who will equip you with the tools and legal strategies you need to achieve a swift and fair resolution. That is what the family law team at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. offers. When you work with us you can expect:

  • Proven legal expertise: Over the last three decades, we’ve built a reputation for competence and compassion. Our reputation speaks for itself and we encourage youto see what our satisfied clients say about us.
  • Expert solutions: We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. You are as unique as your case—this is particularly true in child custody cases. Rest assured, we will work with you to find a custom solution tailored to your needs and goals.
  • A holistic approach to your safety and legal needs: Our Longmont family law team has deep knowledge of all matters related to family law, and that includes custody issues. Let us step in and advocate on your behalf.
  • Compassionate guidance: We believe in efficiency, but not at the expense of kindness and compassion. Our child custody team is dedicated to helping clients overcome common legal obstacles with care.

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Thirty years of family law experience have shown us that divorce is much more than a legal process; it’s a pivotal moment that demands careful guidance and compassionate support, particularly when it involves children. That is what we have offered clients since 1989. Let us be your advocate and ally, ensuring you begin a new life chapter with confidence. Contact us today!

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