How do you Enforce your current Child Support?

Individuals that have been awarded child support often have concerns over whether the other party will consistently make child support payments and what they can do if those payments stop.

Child support is an order of the Court. When a Court order is not followed, the Court has broad powers to enforce that order. Given the circumstances of your case there are a number of options to assure that child support is paid in accordance with the Court order.

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How do you Enforce your current Parenting Plan?

If the other party in your child custody matter is not complying with the Court’s Order regarding parenting time you may file a Verified Motion Asserting Non-Compliance. The Court will respond to the Motion and any response from the other side within 30 days. The Court will respond to the Motion by either denying it, setting the matter for hearing or requiring you to mediate the dispute and report back to the Court on the results of the mediation.

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How do you Modify your current Child Support?

Individuals paying or receiving child support often have questions concerning their ability to modify the child support payments that were originally ordered by the Court.

Process for modifying child support in Colorado

Child support payments are always modifiable if certain conditions are met to the satisfaction of the Court.

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How do you Modify your current Parenting Plan?

There are times when a change of circumstances or parenting concerns leads individuals to wonder if they have the power to modify an order of the court concerning primary residence, parenting time or decision making.

In Colorado, differing standards apply given the level and kind of change that is being requested.

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How is Child Custody determined in Colorado?

Colorado law does not use the word “custody” in its legal terminology; instead, it refers to parental “responsibility”, which includes decision-making and parenting time (formerly called “visitation”). In other words, the law distinguishes the right to make important decisions for the child from the right to actual physical parenting time, and may split the responsibilities up differently.

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How Is the Relocation of a Parent Handled?

Parents who need to relocate for work or personal reasons often want to know if the court will change parenting time. If the parent who does not have the majority of the parenting time needs to relocate, he or she can ask the court to modify the parenting schedule to fit his or her new circumstances. The court will use the “best interests of the children” standard to decide on a modification of parenting schedules. This is provided that the children will not be moving from their primary residence.

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How to do a Step Parent Adoption

Individuals may wonder when a stepparent may legally adopt the biological child of their marital partner.

Colorado recognizes the special circumstances of stepparents with laws that specifically relate to stepparent adoptions. These laws require that the natural parent be legally married to the stepparent. Co-habitation alone is insufficient to trigger laws that are specific to stepparents however other adoption laws can apply.

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How to Establish Grandparents Rights

Individuals may wonder if grandparents have the right to ask the court for visitation rights with their grandchildren. In Colorado, grandparents do have the right to ask for visitation rights under certain conditions.

A grandparent can seek a court order, in the county where the child resides, granting the Grandparent reasonable visitation with their grandchild if:

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How Do You Stop Parental Kidnapping Before it Happens?

In 2007 Governor Ritter signed a bill into law entitled the “Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act”. The purpose of the Act is to deter domestic and international child abductions by parents or persons acting on behalf of parents, before during or following divorce.

The UCAPA gives Colorado Courts broad powers to impose abduction prevention measures at any time.

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What If You are Not Married but Have a Child Together?

Even if two parents have never been married, they both still retain rights similar to those enjoyed by parents who were once married. Additionally, they can still seek a legal agreement dictating the custody (parenting time, decision-making) of their child—this is what is called “Allocation of Parental Responsibilities”.

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Why use Lewis & Matthews for Child Custody Issues?

Colorado divorces that involve child custody issues can impact your family for 20 or 30 years. The firm’s founding partners went through painful divorces of their own and have been feeling the ripple effects ever since.

The personal experiences of our founders led them to create pioneering techniques and a unique approach that our Colorado child custody lawyers use to minimize damage.

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Why Use Lewis & Matthews for Child Custody Arrangements?

A divorce is difficult and the effects can be felt for decades after the marriage officially ends. When spouses have children, the stakes are even higher and the possibility of long-lasting emotional damage is high.

Our founding partners experienced the anguish of divorce and all of the painful mental and emotional repercussions that accompanied it. They were driven to create a unique and innovative service that provides top-notch legal services, all while keeping your mental and emotional well being the utmost priority.

Read More...
How is Child Support Determined in Colorado?

The judge will calculate the child support amount with a pre-determined formula (Colorado Child Support Guidelines). Unless someone presents evidence of special circumstances, that amount will stand.

Read More...
Can you Modify your current Child Support?

Individuals paying or receiving child support often have questions concerning their ability to modify the child support payments that were originally ordered by the Court.
Child support payments are always modifiable if certain conditions are met to the satisfaction of the Court.

Read More...
Can you Modify your current Parenting Plan?

There are times when a change of circumstances or parenting concerns leads individuals to wonder if they have the power to modify an order of the court concerning primary residence, parenting time or decision making.

In Colorado, differing standards apply given the level and kind of change that is being requested.

Read More...

Denver Child Custody lawyer

Going through a divorce is a very trying time.

It’s a balancing act between facing the person who is causing you pain and addressing the related emotions, yet, at the same time, attempting to cooperate with him or her to dissolve the unhappy marriage. If children are involved, resolution often becomes much trickier.

Divorce is not only the legal process of “untying the knot,” it is also the dissolution of an entire familial unit. You regain your single status and become eligible to remarry someone else; all the while, your young ones lose a parent at home.

The children cannot help but live in an “incomplete household” after you and your spouse part ways; they must continue to live under the custody of the party most capable of providing for their needs. In light of this, the children’s interest should remain above everything else throughout the divorce proceeding.

 

Both parties may want to have custody of the children, but only one can be the custodial parent, that is, the parent to whom the court grants the physical and/or legal custody. If you lose the custody battle and your ex-spouse becomes the custodial parent, it does not mean that you are now free from your parental obligations. A divorce ends your role as a spouse but not as a parent.

Your divorce agreement will include visitation arrangements ensuring that you can spend time with your children. In addition, as the non-custodial biological or legal parent, you may have the obligation to provide child support. The family court will determine the monthly support amount based on several factors, including your income and the needs of your children.

There are scenarios that can complicate a child custody case, as well. For instance, if you are not the biological or legal parent of your ex-spouse’s children, yet you helped raise them during your marriage, you might want to arrange regular visitation to spend quality time with the stepchildren who were so important in your life for so many years.

Scenarios such as this are truly complicated matters. Knowing your rights and working with an experienced lawyer in Denver are paramount to ensuring that your and the involved children’s best interests are met.

Denver Child Custody

If you have children, you need to be strong not only for yourself, but for them. That includes having all of the necessary information that you need and having answers for all of the questions that you may have. Below is a compilation of a few of the most common questions relating to child custody in Colorado. Denver child custody can be tricky, and this list isn’t exhaustive. If you have an initial question that isn’t covered here, feel free to consult with an experienced lawyer in Denver at no charge at 303-329-3802.

How do Colorado courts determine who gets child custody?

If we’re not married, but have a child together, how does custody work?

Why use Lewis & Matthews for child custody arrangements?

How do you Enforce your current Child Support?
Individuals that have been awarded child support often have concerns over whether the other party will consistently make child support payments and what they can do if those payments stop.

Child support is an order of the Court. When a Court order is not followed, the Court has broad powers to enforce that order. Given the circumstances of your case there are a number of options to assure that child support is paid in accordance with the Court order.

Read More...

How do you Enforce your current Parenting Plan?
If the other party in your child custody matter is not complying with the Court’s Order regarding parenting time you may file a Verified Motion Asserting Non-Compliance. The Court will respond to the Motion and any response from the other side within 30 days. The Court will respond to the Motion by either denying it, setting the matter for hearing or requiring you to mediate the dispute and report back to the Court on the results of the mediation.

Read More...

How do you Modify your current Child Support?
Individuals paying or receiving child support often have questions concerning their ability to modify the child support payments that were originally ordered by the Court.

Process for modifying child support in Colorado

Child support payments are always modifiable if certain conditions are met to the satisfaction of the Court.

Read More...

How do you Modify your current Parenting Plan?
There are times when a change of circumstances or parenting concerns leads individuals to wonder if they have the power to modify an order of the court concerning primary residence, parenting time or decision making.

In Colorado, differing standards apply given the level and kind of change that is being requested.

Read More...

How is Child Custody determined in Colorado?
Colorado law does not use the word “custody” in its legal terminology; instead, it refers to parental “responsibility”, which includes decision-making and parenting time (formerly called “visitation”). In other words, the law distinguishes the right to make important decisions for the child from the right to actual physical parenting time, and may split the responsibilities up differently.

Read More...

How Is the Relocation of a Parent Handled?
Parents who need to relocate for work or personal reasons often want to know if the court will change parenting time. If the parent who does not have the majority of the parenting time needs to relocate, he or she can ask the court to modify the parenting schedule to fit his or her new circumstances. The court will use the “best interests of the children” standard to decide on a modification of parenting schedules. This is provided that the children will not be moving from their primary residence.

Read More...

How to do a Step Parent Adoption
Individuals may wonder when a stepparent may legally adopt the biological child of their marital partner.

Colorado recognizes the special circumstances of stepparents with laws that specifically relate to stepparent adoptions. These laws require that the natural parent be legally married to the stepparent. Co-habitation alone is insufficient to trigger laws that are specific to stepparents however other adoption laws can apply.

Read More...

How to Establish Grandparents Rights
Individuals may wonder if grandparents have the right to ask the court for visitation rights with their grandchildren. In Colorado, grandparents do have the right to ask for visitation rights under certain conditions.

A grandparent can seek a court order, in the county where the child resides, granting the Grandparent reasonable visitation with their grandchild if:

Read More...

How Do You Stop Parental Kidnapping Before it Happens?
In 2007 Governor Ritter signed a bill into law entitled the “Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act”. The purpose of the Act is to deter domestic and international child abductions by parents or persons acting on behalf of parents, before during or following divorce.

The UCAPA gives Colorado Courts broad powers to impose abduction prevention measures at any time.

Read More...

What If You are Not Married but Have a Child Together?
Even if two parents have never been married, they both still retain rights similar to those enjoyed by parents who were once married. Additionally, they can still seek a legal agreement dictating the custody (parenting time, decision-making) of their child—this is what is called “Allocation of Parental Responsibilities”.

Read More...

Why use Lewis & Matthews for Child Custody Issues?
Colorado divorces that involve child custody issues can impact your family for 20 or 30 years. The firm’s founding partners went through painful divorces of their own and have been feeling the ripple effects ever since.

The personal experiences of our founders led them to create pioneering techniques and a unique approach that our Colorado child custody lawyers use to minimize damage.

Read More...

Why Use Lewis & Matthews for Child Custody Arrangements?
A divorce is difficult and the effects can be felt for decades after the marriage officially ends. When spouses have children, the stakes are even higher and the possibility of long-lasting emotional damage is high.

Our founding partners experienced the anguish of divorce and all of the painful mental and emotional repercussions that accompanied it. They were driven to create a unique and innovative service that provides top-notch legal services, all while keeping your mental and emotional well being the utmost priority.

Read More...

How is Child Support Determined in Colorado?
The judge will calculate the child support amount with a pre-determined formula (Colorado Child Support Guidelines). Unless someone presents evidence of special circumstances, that amount will stand.

Read More...

Can you Modify your current Child Support?
Individuals paying or receiving child support often have questions concerning their ability to modify the child support payments that were originally ordered by the Court.
Child support payments are always modifiable if certain conditions are met to the satisfaction of the Court.

Read More...

Can you Modify your current Parenting Plan?
There are times when a change of circumstances or parenting concerns leads individuals to wonder if they have the power to modify an order of the court concerning primary residence, parenting time or decision making.

In Colorado, differing standards apply given the level and kind of change that is being requested.

Read More...

What Is The Process For A Child Custody Case In Colorado?

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What Are My Rights When Going Through A Divorce?

You have a number of different rights under Colorado law. The first right that you have is the right to know the financial situation of your spouse. In some instances parties keep their finances separate, and you have no clue what your husband or wife has in terms of...
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What Is The Difference Between Legal Separation And Divorce?

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Can I Obtain Custody Of My Step Child In Colorado?

The answer is “Yes,” and it depends upon a number of different factors. If it’s a situation where you would like to adopt your stepchild, then you would need to show that the biological parent of the child consents to you adopting the child or that...
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