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360 Degree Family Law Resources

Colorado Family Law Resources

Lewis & Matthews is committed to what we call a 360 degree process in divorce and custody matters. We believe that a good resolution to your case depends not only on handling your legal issues with professional expertise. We know that, in many cases, the emotional and financial well being of our clients and their families can be stressed to their limits. Often times, achieving success on the legal issues is greatly supported by coordinating with people who can support our client’s needs in these other areas.

At Lewis & Matthews we have a number of resources at hand to support the full spectrum of what you might need to successfully resolve the issues in your divorce or custody matter.

Financial Resources

Emotional Support Resources

At Lewis & Matthews we believe that coordinated care between attorneys and therapists can help to support the best possible resolution of many family law matters. We have a close working relationship with the Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and have pioneered ways for therapists and attorneys to work together without disturbing your confidentiality.

Based on our own experiences as well as years of working with people going through a divorce or custody matter, we do recommend emotional support. We have worked with a number of well-qualified therapists and coaches in and around Denver and can make a referral if you would like one.

Additional Colorado Family Law Resources

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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 >

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 >