Category: Child Custody

Why Use Lewis & Matthews for Child Custody Issues

Skilled Colorado Divorce Attorneys Watching Out For You and Your Children 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 […]

Why Use Lewis & Matthews for Child Custody Arrangements

Veteran Attorneys that Can Protect You and Your Children 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 […]

How to 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 […]

How to Establish Grandparents Rights

Grandparent Visitation Rights in Colorado 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How is Child Custody Determined in Colorado?

How do Courts in Colorado Determine Child Custody? 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 […]

How do you Enforce your Current Parenting Plan?

The Court has broad powers to enforce court orders regarding child custody. 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. […]

Do Grandparents Have Custody and Visitation Rights In Colorado?

In Colorado, grandparents do have the right for grandchild custody and visitation. There is a statute that allows grandparents to file a motion and establish their visitation in the county the grandchild resides. However, this can be difficult. The motion must be filed as an underlying action under such things as dissolution of marriage between […]

How Courts Decide Parenting Time in Colorado

Going through a divorce is stressful.  While dividing property and other assets can be contentious, the issue that many couples struggle most with is how to divide custody and who gets decision-making control.  If you don’t come to an agreement on your own or through mediation, the court will issue binding orders that you are […]