Denver Family Law and Estate Planning Blog

What is Decision Making Responsibility and How Is It Assigned?

Who decides major decisions for children in divorce? How does that legally get determined? What is considered a major decision in the decision making responsibility? Get the answers to your questions on decision making responsibility for your child custody and divorce case in the video below.

What if You Are Not Married but Have a Child Together?

Colorado Non-Married Parents Allocation of Responsibilities 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”. After […]

Relocation After Divorce

Navigating Relocation After Divorce Child custody is a sensitive issue in many Colorado divorce proceedings. Finding the right balance of responsibility, access, and resources can be a difficult process. Matters get even more complicated when one parent wants or needs to relocate. Child relocation during or after marital dissolution might be necessary to allow a parent […]

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. […]

How Is Child Support Determined In Colorado

How does the judge decide who will pay child support (and how much)? 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. Both mother and father are equally responsible for the support of the minor children, and […]