While it’s always difficult, divorce can be especially complicated when children are involved. Custody issues are typically a high priority for divorcing parents in Colorado. In most cases, temporary custody is worked out between the parents. However, a family court judge sometimes must decide who receives temporary custody.

The best interests of the child are always the court’s main priority. So long as children are considered safe with either of their parents, the courts generally prefer that they preserve healthy relationships with both. This means temporary custody may be granted to one parent but with specifics about liberal visitations outlined for the other. Whether parents work out a temporary agreement among themselves or in court, physical custody visitations will likely just continue without interruption.

Every divorce situation is different. There may be reasons parents or courts grant temporary custody or guardianship to extended family or possibly a close friend. Financial difficulties, opposing obligations or illness are merely a few of the reasons why a temporary custody order may be put in place for a child to live with someone other than a parent. Since it’s generally best that children receive consistent and supportive care, parental visitations can still be frequent in such situations.

When it comes to temporary custody, a formal agreement might be important so everyone is on the same page. It’s important to work out details such as the length of time an agreement will be in effect and who is financially responsible. A family law attorney may help with temporary child custody arrangements. An attorney might also represent a parent in the family court system.