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.
Custody issues often arise in the divorce process and can result in heated conflicts.
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.
How Is Child Custody Determined in Colorado Springs?
Colorado uses the standard of the child’s best interests when making 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 Mother or Father 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 custody, the decision is ultimately left to what the judge believes is in the child’s best interests.
Put Our Experienced Family Law Lawyers on Your Side
Our child custody lawyers in Colorado Springs emphasize prioritizing the child and his or her best interests in child custody cases.
Whether we represent you at the negotiating table or in the courtroom, our family lawyers are committed to protecting you and your children’s rights.