As parents, nothing is more important to us than our children. As child custody attorneys, we are well-aware of this. Using empathy and our ability to stay objective, we empower our clients the attention and compassion they deserve. Our experienced attorneys assist our clients navigate disputes involving Colorado child support and custody laws. Learn how to file child custody in Colorado with our step-by-step guide.
Child custody disputes are difficult. The time you spend with your child becomes limited. Additionally, during divorce, child custody battles may cause lasting damage to the parent-child relationship. Our attorneys will do everything in our power to keep the pre-divorce relationship intact while forging a lasting solution and negotiating an amicable parenting plan.
However, when litigation is necessary, we offer tenacious representation that will ultimately lead to the best possible outcome for you and your family.
When it comes to our kids, most parents are fighters. This can lead to unrealistic expectations based on pride and anger. As your child custody lawyer, it is my job to be your sounding board and take your concerns seriously, while explaining to you, very clearly, what your case means and what we can do to reach the best possible outcome for you.
Ultimately, Colorado courts place the child's best interests at the top of their priority list. We will fight for a resolution that aligns with the important components pertaining to the future of your child.
There are two sides to every story. To build a strong case for you and your child, it will be important to understand the other side of the situation. We can help with all of your visitation concerns and any fathers' rightsissues you may have. We can also guide you through the most common mistakes people make when it comes to custody disputes.
Being supported by his or her parents is a right that every child deserves — not something that a parent can easily "waive" on behalf of a child or simply refuse to pay. Despite popular opinion, child support is not a benefit awarded to a parent; it is a benefit awarded to and owned by the child. Child support is intended to provide for the child's necessities — most commonly food, clothing and shelter.
Child support guidelines determine the amount to be paid, which is based primarily upon income. Deviations and exceptions can be made depending on individual circumstances and if they are in the best interest of the children.
Child support payments are usually retroactive, dating back to the date the motion is filed or, in paternity cases, back to the child's birth. Payments typically terminate when the child is emancipated, which is at age 19 in Colorado. Day care expenses or other expenses related to a child's special needs can be added as a line item to support payments.
We will work with you to determine if any exceptions should be made in your family's situation. Additionally, if you need post-decree modifications or enforcement of payments, our team will fight for your interests and guide you through the necessary legal processes.
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Life is fluid. Change is inevitable. If you are divorced and have a child, you are not the only person affected by these changes. The other parent and your children can also feel the brunt of any shift you may experience.
No matter how drastic the change, you need a child support modification attorney who will look out for your best interests and dig into the details of your case.
If you would like to make child custody modifications to the orders in the divorce decree, you will need to show a substantial change of circumstances. Those recognized by Colorado law are as follows:
In these instances, the parent going through the change will need to modify his or her custody, child support and/or spousal support status.
When life changes are happening, we understand how hectic it can be. You need a team of attorneys that are flexible, mobile and dedicated to your case from the beginning to the end.
Our attorneys often represent clients in post-decree matters such as modification proceedings related to a move out of state. When parties are subject to a court order, the court retains power — called jurisdiction — over the order. Major changes to the order must go through the court to be enforceable under the law.
When parents move because of their jobs or for other important reasons, they must have child custody and parenting time orders modified before they even begin packing. Failure to do so can have serious consequences, like having the court award sole custody to the other parent. That is why it is critical to talk with an experienced attorney before you take action.
Colorado courts consider 14 factors listed in our state's statutes when making decisions about family relocation. They also consider a complex web of case law, comparing the facts and application of the law in prior cases against the facts of your case. For the move to be approved, the court must find it in the child's best interests.
The moving parent has the greatest burden of proof in child relocation cases, and matters often turn on expert testimony regarding what is best for the parents and for the children involved. We frequently partner with child and family investigators (CFI), parental responsibilities evaluators (PRE) and other professionals who have expertise in childhood development.
Every situation has its own set of facts, but one thing is true: Moving with children is hard. Whether you are the parent who is moving or the one who is staying behind, the situation can be stressful, emotional and tense. We understand the importance of your children during times of crisis.
We appreciate my clients' desires to find the best possible outcomes for their children, and that's why we are dedicated to taking an approach that protects your kids' best interests while achieving a favorable outcome for your family in a parental move-away case.
Spousal maintenance or alimony is not regulated by any base guidelines. Instead, the decision to award support is based on individual circumstances, and the amount and duration of support can vary. If the option for maintenance is waived, that decision is irrevocable. Considering the importance of support during a divorce, it is in your best interests to consult with an experienced family law attorney.
Our team will meet with you to discuss the types of modifiable or nonmodifiable alimony and determine if you qualify to receive any of them. If so, we will guide you through the legal process and strongly advocate for you at every step.
Spousal support and alimony are determined based on several factors, including:
Despite best intentions, parents without proper legal representation are at risk of committing one of the top 10 child custody mistakes in Colorado.
At Tolison & Williams, Attorneys at Law, we guide clients through the child custody process. We have years of experience helping clients avoid these serious and all-to-common mistakes:
To set up a phone consultation with a Colorado Child Custody or Child Support attorney, call our Adams County law firm at 303-500-7706 or fill out the form below.