Child custody is probably the most emotionally wrenching issue in most Colorado divorces. Many parents fear what effect their divorce will have on their children's emotional well-being. At our law firm, making sure the children will have a stable and secure relationship with both parents post-divorce is one of our highest priorities.
Child custody and visitation rights are often the most emotional and difficult issues for parents going through divorce. In Colorado, the legislature some years ago adopted the terms "parenting responsibilities" to encompass all the duties parents owe their children, and the term "parenting time" to refer to how much time the child spends with each parent.
Traditional child support enforcement, in Colorado and other states, imposes harsh penalties on parents who fail to meet their monthly payment obligations. Those parents have been labeled as deadbeats, had driver's and professional licenses suspended, and even been incarcerated for failure to pay child support.
When parents divorce, they and the children are not the only ones affected. In many cases grandparents worry that they will no longer be able to see their grandchildren, particularly if their own child is not the custodial parent.
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.
Many Colorado parents have gone through divorce and worked together to agree on child custody and parenting time arrangements. Actors Tea Leoni and David Duchovny dealt with this issue recently. The couple reportedly finalized their divorce after reaching a negotiated agreement on the terms.
Colorado basketball fans may have heard that Paul George, forward for the Indiana Pacers, had to deal with a paternity suit that was filed in the midst of the NBA Eastern Conference finals. George has responded to the suit by requesting another paternity test, because he says he has concerns about the accuracy of the prenatal test relied on by the mother. But in a somewhat unexpected twist, he is also seeking sole custody of the child - a two-month-old girl - if he's determined to be the father.
For Colorado parents going through the marriage dissolution process, child custody is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and emotional issues they must face. Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and her ex-husband, Marc Anthony had to deal with the issue in their protracted divorce proceedings. Last week the two finalized their divorce, and with it the custody arrangements for their twin children.
In Colorado, allegations of drug abuse by a parent can have devastating consequences for that parent in a child custody dispute. Allegations of lying to the court about drug use will only make things worse. A New York woman found this out the hard way when she lost custody of her children recently.
Colorado parents contemplating divorce often worry about the effect the dissolution will have on their children. This is understandable, and hardly surprising. In fact a recent survey of divorced parents shows that their biggest regret about getting divorced is the impact of the split on the children.