Divorcing Colorado parents in the middle of a dispute over visitation rights might have tried many different avenues to settle matters and come to a consensus without success. If this is the situation, and the couple wants to negotiate, rather than go to court, mediation is an alternative process to consider. Understanding how mediation works, and if it is right for the circumstances is step one before moving forward.
Couples in Colorado who have ended their relationship will often have issues with one another after the marriage or relationship has concluded. If they have children, this can cause many different problems. One common reason for there to be a dispute is if the couple cannot get on the same page regarding visitation rights, also referred to as parenting time. When a parent is not adhering to the order, it is important to understand how state law addresses these situations.
When there is a child custody dispute, the situation can sometimes get out of hand with the noncustodial parent taking matters into their own hands and deciding to flee with the child. This can lead to criminal charges and a whole host of problems for the parent who committed this act. In some instances, it can even go beyond failing to return the child at the designated time or leaving the state and turn into an international abduction case. For noncustodial parents who are unhappy with the child custody agreement or custodial parents and non-parents who have legal custody who have concerns about an abduction, it is important to have legal assistance.
For Colorado parents who are no longer together in a relationship, the needs of the child must be taken into consideration and treated as paramount. Often, child custody will be disagreed upon and a custody dispute will ensue. The courts will consider the best interests of the child above all else. Parents should understand various aspects of child custody, the child's best interests and how the case can be settled with as little disruption in the child's life as possible. Knowing the important points about how the courts deal with these issues is crucial to a favorable resolution for everyone.
Sometimes, fear of the unknown can keep Boulder County couples who are at the end of a marriage from moving on with the next chapter in their lives apart. Here at the Law Firm of Shea L. Burchill, P.C., we have over a decade of experience helping our clients find the right answers to some of the toughest questions in a divorce.
In Colorado, where the last vestiges of the Old West are a matter of pride, folks can be tempted to seal a deal with nothing more than a handshake. When it comes to child custody matters, however, informal arrangements can be fraught with pitfalls. Child custody is a matter that you will likely have to work with for several years. Over a period that long, even the best relationship between ex-spouses can become strained and result in a child custody dispute.
All relationships have their ups and downs. Starting a family is certainly a positive and exciting event for married couples in Colorado. And to go with the up, comes one of the most devastating downs, which is divorce. With the national divorce rate hanging around 50 percent, many married couples are aware of this potential fate. However, no statistic or fact can prepare divorcing parents for the difficulties divorce and child custody can have on them.
A divorce is one of the most stressful experiences anyone can go through. From the emotional impact to the great uncertainty involved, there are many elements of the situation that are hard to cope with. When children are involved, however, all of that stress and uncertainty can be magnified.
The most sensitive and emotionally trying legal issue in many divorces is child custody. Coming to a just division of parenting time can spark and ignite some unpleasant feelings and emotions, but it is important to be remain collected through this process. It is important to remember that this process is about the child, and the court will decide matters based on its interpretation of the best interest of the child.
How children will be raised and shared between their parents is often a major concern for Colorado residents who choose to go through divorce. In Colorado courts are involved in the process of ensuring that the divorce litigants understand their parental responsibilities, otherwise understood as their custodial rights, during and after their marriages have ended.