Custody isn’t just a legal issue; it’s a deeply personal family matter that intersects with the law. At New Leaf Family, that perspective changes how our legal team approaches your situation. We take the time to learn about your vision for your family’s future and then empower you to achieve it. While we are trained as lawyers and are comfortable advocating for you in court, if necessary, we are also skilled at finding creative solutions that keep you - not a judge - in control of your and your children’s lives. Call our Westminster custody lawyers today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your options!
How Does Custody Work In Colorado?
In the state of Colorado, custody is all about the best interests of the children. The system generally recognizes that it is in the best interests of the children for both parents to be as much involved as possible in their lives; however, navigating the nuances and realities of this is the challenging part.
Colorado divides custody into two categories: physical custody, or parenting time, and legal custody, or decision-making. Parenting time refers to who the child lives with most of the time and when they see the other parent, while decision-making refers to how parents share authority to make choices about their children’s healthcare, education, religious upbringing, etc.
Splitting everything 50/50 isn’t always realistic, which is where a parenting plan comes in. Parents need to determine which parent is responsible for what. If parents can work on this together and submit a parenting plan to the court, the court will likely approve it; if parents can’t agree, the court will have the final say.
What Sets Our Westminster Custody Lawyers Apart
The custody team at New Leaf Family recognizes that trying to get a parenting plan in place can seem like an impossibly overwhelming and difficult undertaking. You may not know what decisions are the right ones, or what those decisions will mean practically for your and your children’s lives. That’s why the first thing that we do with you is engage you in a process of clarifying your goals (both for yourself and us) so that we can pursue them. Everything we do for you is about laying a strong foundation for your family’s future.
Unlike many other attorneys, we are extremely careful and intentional about all of the steps we take when it comes to custody. We will do everything in our power to keep relations amicable because we know that’s usually what is best for your children, your emotional well-being, and for your budget; collaborating often leads to better long-term solutions. However, sometimes there are situations where the other parent refuses to come to the table at all, or where there is a safety concern, or where it’s just not possible to negotiate on certain issues. In those cases, our Westminster custody lawyers aren’t afraid to go to bat for you and your children’s best interests.
Don’t Hesitate To Contact New Leaf Family!
Although trained as lawyers, we are also trained as coaches and counselors, and in many other professions. We have access to a wide network of auto mechanics, financial advisors, realtors, and other professionals who can assist you as you navigate your family’s new normal. Our firm wants to be here for you for the rest of your and your children’s lives, as you grow and change, need modifications to your agreement, or otherwise need legal guidance.
We offer predictable flat monthly fees so you can plan ahead, and it costs nothing book a free consultation with our team to determine if we’re a good fit to help you grow through this season! Call today - we look forward to hearing from you!