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Authored by Todd Burnham
How can a father get full custody of his child?
The key to a successful Colorado child custody case is strategically applying the law to the set of facts. This is especially true when we are dealing with custody for fathers. The analysis is the same, regardless of whether the parent is the mother or father, and it begins and ends with the best interests of the child or children.
Colorado courts will consider many factors when determining what custody order is in the child’s best interests.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
Many fathers believe that the system is set up against them, but that generally isn’t the case provided they have strategic-thinking advocates who aren’t afraid of the courtroom. It’s also important to realize that the initial custody order is the baseline, and that orders are modifiable. Typically, the primary parent is going to have initial leverage over the other parent based simply on the child’s needs.
Fathers regularly gain majority (or even sole) custody if, and only if, they are fearless and thorough from the start. Nobody, especially a lawyer, is going to know your child better than you. Tapping into that knowledge is essential, especially when it comes to parental responsibilities investigations.
It’s easy to dismiss fathers’ rights if they aren’t the primary parent, but it cuts both ways. In many Colorado custody cases, fathers provide the financial support for their families and aren’t necessarily ever-present because they are working providing for their families.
That commitment doesn’t go unnoticed by the courts if presented the right way and in a manner that reflects the truth. Fathers love their children no less than mothers and they have equal rights to both enjoy their parenting time and make decisions that affect the health and development of their children.
The top five (5) ways fathers can win custody of their children in Colorado are as follows: