Compassionate & Personalized Counsel for Parents
At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, P.C., we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, our attorneys invest time and effort in understanding your specific situation and needs, crafting legal strategies that reflect your unique circumstances.
If you need help filing an initial child custody petition, modifying your current custody orders, or handling another child custody issue, Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, P.C. can help you. With decades of experience, our Douglas County attorneys are equipped to guide you through cases involving custody, also referred to as the Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (APR).
Helping clients navigate child custody matters requires more than just a deep grasp of the law—it calls for sensitivity, compassion, and objectivity. Our seasoned attorneys have honed these qualities over years of practice, assisting countless clients in their quest to secure the best possible outcome for their children's futures.
We understand that nothing is more important than the well-being of your children. This understanding fuels our commitment to providing exceptional legal counsel during this complex process.
Contact our Douglas County child custody attorneys today by calling (719) 626-8530.
Can a Child Choose Which Parent to Live with in Colorado?
If a child is mature enough to express their preference concerning which parent they wish to live with, the court will take their preference into consideration. However, a child, no matter their age, cannot simply choose which parent will be awarded primary custody. Their preference will simply be a factor the court considers when making their decision.
It is important to note that, in most cases, children do not testify to their preferences themselves. Other witnesses like friends, family, and caregivers can share the child’s preferences with the court, and the court may ask a Child and Family Investigator to speak to the child’s preferences and their recommendation.
Factors Considered in Child Custody Determinations
At the heart of Colorado's child custody laws is the principle of the "best interests of the child." This standard encompasses a variety of factors that contribute to the child's development and overall welfare.
The court takes into account several factors when determining the best interest of the child and custody. These include (but are not limited to):
- The child's wishes. As we mentioned, the court will factor the child’s preferences into their judgment.
- The parents' wishes. While the court often tries to encourage the child to have a relationship with both parents (when safe), they will also consider the desires of the parents.
- The child's relationship with each parent. The nature and quality of the child's relationship with each parent will be examined.
- The mental and physical health of all parties involved. This includes both the parents and the child. With regard to the child’s mental and physical health, the court will want to factor in whether either or both parties can handle the child’s specific needs. The court will also consider whether the parents’ health impacts their parenting abilities.
- The ability of the parents to encourage a loving relationship between the child and the other parent. The court favors parents who will foster a positive relationship between the child and the other parent.
- The parents' financial stability and living conditions. The court will investigate whether both parties are able to provide a safe, stable environment for the child.
Can You Withhold Custody Because of Back Owed Child Support?
No, you cannot legally refuse to allow visitation for any reason. Parents must adhere to court-ordered custody and visitation agreements.
If a parent is not paying court-ordered support, you can take legal action by filing a motion for contempt. In filing this motion, you are asking the court to intervene because of the other party’s failure to meet their court-ordered obligations.
Retain Our Douglas County Child Custody Lawyers
Choosing the right attorney can be pivotal in a child custody case. With Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, P.C., you are choosing a team that blends legal experience with empathy, understanding, and respect.
Reach out to our firm online or via phone (719) 626-8530 to get started on your case today.
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