Colorado Springs Child Custody Lawyer
Protecting the Rights of You & Your Family Serving El Paso County
Child custody – also known in Colorado Springs as allocation of parental responsibilities – determines where your children will live and who will make important decisions for the child in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
At the Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C., our child custody lawyers have decades of combined legal experience helping clients resolve disputes as efficiently and as amicably as possible.
If you need legal representation for disputes, please contact us for a FREE consultation with our child custody lawyers serving El Paso County.
What Is Considered an Unfit Parent in Colorado?
In Colorado, the consideration for a parent to be unfit is if they cannot fulfill their child's needs or endanger the child's physical or emotional well-being. Some examples include:
- Physical or sexual child abuse.
- Neglect to the child from the parents.
- Any history of violence or sexual assault, if any, from either parent.
Is Colorado a "Mom" State?
Does Colorado typically grant custody to the mother or father? It is neither. According to Colorado family law, neither parent is favored, but both are encouraged to share parenting responsibility and custody equally.
How Is Child Custody Determined in Colorado Springs?Colorado uses the standard of the child’s best interests when making legal decisions regarding the allocation of parenting time and decision-making responsibilities.
A judge in Colorado Springs will consider numerous factors, including the parents' wishes, the child's wishes and whether the children would have a difficult time adjusting to a new neighborhood or school.
Is Colorado a 50/50 Child Custody State?
There are two aspects in Colorado custody cases: parenting time and decision-making responsibilities.
Colorado courts generally prefer ordering joint decision-making arrangements, wherein both parents have the right to make decisions on their child’s behalf.
However, 50/50 physical custody may be more difficult to implement, especially if one parent lives in another state.
In that case, one parent would have sole physical guardianship, while the other parent would have parenting time (also known as visitation rights).
Decision-making responsibility includes the authority to make decisions about:
- Religious upbringing
- Medical decisions
- Body piercing or tattoos
A Colorado Springs family court may order sole decision-making rights to one parent if there is a valid reason, such as a history of domestic violence.
If parents residing in Colorado Springs cannot agree on a parenting schedule, the family court will create a schedule for them.
Whenever possible, agreeing on custody arrangements with the other parent of your child is preferable to letting the court decide for you.
At What Age Can Children Decide Which Parent To Live With?Although Colorado family courts will factor in an older child’s wishes when determining Colorado custody laws, the decision is ultimately left to what the judge believes is in the child’s best interests. A child between the ages of 12 and 14 will be asked which parent they would prefer to live with the most.
What Happens if a Child Refuses to See a Parent in Colorado?
If he or she is mature and old enough, Colorado's custody laws allow children to refuse parenting time or a court-ordered visitation. This may occur at many different ages but typically starts at the age of 14.
Hire Experienced Child Custody Attorneys in Colorado Springs
In addition to serving clients in Colorado Springs, Cimarron Hills, Security-Widefield, Monument, Woodland Park, Black Forest, Canon City, Fountain, and Florissant, The Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C. also serves clients in Douglas County, Fremont County, and El Paso County, including Colorado Springs, Cimarron Hills, Security-Widefield, Monument, Woodland Park, Black Forest, Canon City, Fountain, and Florissant.
Our Colorado Springs child custody attorney Greg Quimby welcomes you to schedule your initial consultation by calling (719) 212-4227 or by contacting us online.
Whether we represent you at the negotiating table or in the courtroom, our child custody lawyers are committed to protecting you and your children’s rights.