Determining Parental Custody
However, there are times when parents are not able to reach agreements when it comes to child custody and parental decision making.
When that happens, the court may order the parents to attend mediation. If that fails, the court will make a child custody determination based on the child’s best interest. Factors included in the court’s determination include the child’s relationships with each parent, the educational opportunities with each parent, the community, culture, and the quality of each parent’s involvement in the child’s life, the wishes of each parent, the parent’s ability to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent, and, most importantly, the ability of each parent to put the child’s needs above their own.
Child custody typically refers to physical custody and parenting time: who the child lives with and who is responsible for the child’s physical, emotional, and logistical needs during specific times.
Child custody also includes decision making authority, which is legal custody: the right to make decisions about a child’s upbringing and wellbeing in major areas, such as where they go to school, which doctor they see, what extracurricular activities they do, and religious upbringing.
Todd and Doug are very knowledgeable about custody arrangements in Colorado. They will listen to your goals, help you sort through your options, and work with you to draft a plan. The Peak Legal team will aggressively advocate for you and your family every step of the way.
Call Peak Legal at (720) 445-9779 to discuss your child custody and decision making needs with Attorneys Narum and Cohen.
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