Custody disagreements in Colorado are often classified as disputes between parents who are getting a divorce or have already parted ways. However, there are other people in the child's life who will want to pursue custody and visitation rights. Frequently, this involves the child's grandparents. Various factors are key when determining if the grandparent can get custody and visitation rights and understanding how state law assesses these matters is crucial to all parties.
Not all Colorado divorces are easy and child custody is one of the most fundamental areas in which there can be an ongoing and contentious dispute. For some, there is a very real concern that abduction or international abduction can take place. Once a child is taken out of the country and the parent who committed the abduction is legally allowed to remain in that country, it can be difficult for the other parent to get the child back in a short period of time, if at all. The courts will make certain considerations under the law as to whether abduction is possible and take steps to prevent it.
There are many people who serve in the military and reside in Colorado. Some have custody of children and will need to come to an agreement with the noncustodial parent when they are ordered to deploy. This can be a difficult situation to navigate especially if there are personal issues between the parties. The best interests of the child are paramount and, hopefully, the parents can put their lingering animosities aside and put that into perspective when deployment is on the horizon.
When a Colorado couple has a child, the court will do its best to try and have both parents in the child's life. In general, if one parent has been granted child custody, then the other parent will receive visitation rights. However, not all cases are the same and in some instances, the best interests of the child are not suited by the noncustodial parent having extensive, unsupervised visitation rights. This is especially true if there was abuse as part of the relationship between the parents and the parent and child. Understanding how the law addresses these issues is critical for the custodial and noncustodial parents.
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.