Exclusive Focus In Family Law for Over 10 Years

Longmont Child Custody Lawyer

Colorado Parenting Time Attorney

At Shea L. Burchill, P.C., I provide diligent representation for contested and uncontested child custody. With more than 10 years of experience spent exclusively on divorce representation, I understand the emotional and financial issues surrounding physical and legal custody. I can evaluate your situation from every angle to determine the best course of action.

In Colorado, custody is referred to as parenting responsibility and visitation is referred to as parenting time. Your parenting responsibility enables you to make decisions about your child's religious upbringing, education, medical treatment and well-being. Parenting time outlines where your child will physically spend his or her time. The courts award a number of overnights to each parent based on the best interest of the child standard.

The court also evaluates several factors when deciding child custody issues. As a dedicated Longmont child custody attorney, I understand how judges approach custody. I can discuss specific circumstances that may affect your situation. Factors the courts review include:

  • The wishes of the parents
  • The wishes of the child if he or she is mature enough to express independent preference
  • Interaction of parents and children that significantly affect best interests
  • The child's adjustment to home, school and the community
  • The mental health and physical health of all parties
  • Ability of each parent to encourage the sharing of love and affection with the other parent

In some situations, notably those involving substance abuse, violence or mental health issues, the court can order supervised parenting time to protect the welfare of the children.

Relocation and Modification

If one parent wishes to relocate with the children, he or she must request permission from the court. I provide guidance and representation for individuals who wish to pursue a relocation, as well as those who are opposed to relocation.

Depending on your situation, you may pursue a custody modification to change the details and parameters of your responsibilities. It is important that you consult with a qualified lawyer.

Arrange an Appointment

I invite you to contact me online or by phone at 720-204-1412 or toll free at 888-334-6547. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. My office is located near the Longmont Post Office.