Denver Child Custody Attorneys

Child custody issues can be as distressing as they are contentious. When these issues threaten your time and relationship with your child(ren), you need a skilled lawyer on your side who can help you protect your rights and interests. You need an experienced Denver custody & family lawyer at Burnham Law.

Call (303) 990-5308 or Email Us For a Free Consultation & Important Advice Regarding Your Child Custody Case

Strategic and tenacious, our attorneys have the knowledge and insight you can rely on for effective advocacy as we guide you through adversity. We are ready to partner with you to develop the right legal game plan for favorably resolving your custody issues.

 

Child Custody Defined: Parenting Time & Decision Making Authority1

In Colorado, child custody refers to two distinct matters:

  • Parenting time, pertaining to how physical custody of a child is split between parents
  • Decision-making authority, related to the legal rights to make decisions about a child’s upbringing and care.

When it comes to these aspects of child custody, please be aware that:

  • Physical and legal custody can be split between parents differently. For instance, while a court may grant one parent primary physical custody of a child, it may also award joint legal custody (splitting up the decision-making responsibilities equally between parents).
  • When custody cases involve paternity disputes, paternity testing will usually be ordered by the court before any decisions regarding custody are made.
  • Grandparents (and possibly other relatives) may be able to seek custody (or visitation or guardianship) of a child in certain cases.

 

How Is Child Custody Determined?

If parents can agree on how to divide physical and legal custody, a family court will typically review this agreement and formalize it via custody orders. When parents are unable to agree about any aspect of child custody, however, the court may:

  • Order parents to attend mediation – Child custody mediation can provide a space for both parents to express their concerns, needs and goals. Consequently, mediation can be an effective way for parents to work through custody issues in a private, non-court setting. It may not, however, be appropriate or helpful in certain situations (like if either party refuses to compromise).
  • Make a child custody determination when mediation fails to resolve the dispute – When custody issues cannot be resolved out of court, the family court will oversee the case and make a final determination regarding custody. This decision will primarily be based on serving the child’s best interests.

 

Best Interest Factors in Denver Child Custody Cases

Some of the factors that the family court will consider when determining what will be in the child’s best interests (in terms of how to divide custody) include:

  • The requests of each parent
  • The child’s custody preferences (if the child is mature enough to express them)
  • The mental and physical health of each parent
  • Each parent’s ability and/or willingness to encourage the child to continue having a positive, loving relationship with the other parent
  • The distance between each parent’s home and whether the child would need to adjust to a new community
  • Whether either parent has a history of domestic violence, abuse, criminal activity or addiction.

 

Resolving Child Custody Issues: How a Lawyer Can Help You

The representation of Denver attorney at Burnham Law can be immensely important when custody disputes arise. That is because our lawyers can help you:

  • Determine and pursue your best legal options
  • Build and present a strong case in and outside the courtroom
  • Avoid mistakes that could jeopardize your custody case
  • Set your case up for the best possible outcome.

In addition to handling physical and legal custody disputes, our lawyers are experienced at resolving related matters, such as (but not limited to):

 

Empower Yourself with Experienced Representation: Contact a Denver Custody & Family Lawyer at Burnham Law

Find out more about how a Denver custody & family lawyer at Burnham Law can help you with your custody case during a free, no obligations consultation.

Call (303) 990-5308 or email our firm for essential answers about your legal options. We represent clients throughout the Denver metro area, as well as the state of Colorado, in various types of child custody and family law matters.

Relentless and dedicated, our attorneys can anticipate the challenges that may arise in child custody cases and help you overcome them. Our central goal is to provide superior, vigorous advocacy while guiding you towards success and your new beginning.

Testimonials from our former clients affirm the quality and effectiveness of our legal service.

1: Connecting with Your Kids, a publication issued by the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment, provides additional information regarding parenting time in Colorado.