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How child custody cases are decided in Colorado

Child custody issues are among the most stressful and emotionally upsetting for divorcing parents. The realization that one may be separated from one's children, even for a short period of time, can be emotionally wrenching.

When a parent is given custody of their child, they are given the responsibility to decide questions regarding the child's education, medical treatment and religious upbringing. In addition to those responsibilities, the parents will also be awarded time with the child according to what would be in the child's best interest. The parenting time outlined by the court determines with which parent the child will physically reside.

Colorado courts consider a number of factors in deciding child custody questions. The best interests of the child is always the overriding consideration. Courts also consider each parents' wishes and the wishes of the child if the child has the maturity to communicate their wishes independent of parental influence. Any issues regarding the physical and mental health of parents are evaluated. The court will also take into account how well the child is adjusting in school, at home and in the community.

Another important factor is each parent's commitment to encouraging a healthy relationship between the child and the other parent. This factor discourages attempts to gain leverage by bad-mouthing the other parent in front of the child.

One of the most contentious issues in child custody cases arises when one parent wants to move to another community or out-of-state with the child. In Colorado, parents who wish to relocate must get the court's approval to do so. Shea L. Burchill, P.C. represent parents seeking relocation and those objecting to it.

Child custody orders can be modified if circumstances change. Experienced legal representation can be critical when seeking a child custody modification. Shea L. Burchill, P.C. has represented clients on divorce matters exclusively for over 10 years.

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