What Is In The Best Interests Of The Child?

Danielsen WesthoffWhether you were married or not, child custody issues are some of the most difficult to solve. You probably have fears about how often you will get to see your child. Speaking with a family law attorney is the first step toward a workable visitation schedule.

Colorado courts do not favor either mother or father, but seek to do what is in the best interests of the child.

The lawyers at Danielsen Westhoff, PC, can help you understand what this might mean in your situation. We represent clients with child custody issues in Broomfield and Jefferson County. We work hard to minimize conflict by reaching a mutually agreeable parenting time solution through negotiation or mediation. This can also reduce fees and save time.

When it is not possible to reach an amicable resolution, our skilled litigators know what it takes to win in court. We will fight for you and your children's best interests.

Allocation Of Parental Responsibilities

Whether addressed in a divorce or paternity action, child custody (also called allocation of parental responsibilities — APR — in Colorado) has two main components:

  • Decision-making rights — Where will your children go to school? What medical care is appropriate? Which extracurricular activities will they participate in? Who will pay for them? Parents may share decision-making or separate each area.
  • Parenting time — These schedules vary greatly depending on the circumstances.

We can help explain how long the process will take and how parenting time could affect the amount of child support you pay or receive.

The courts operate more slowly than you might realize. If you have been denied contact with your child, however, an emergency hearing could lead to a temporary solution while your case is pending.

Do Not Delay

We will do what we can to protect your parent-child relationship. Call us at 720-739-7835 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation. We also respond quickly to online inquiries.