Greeley Child Custody Attorney
Child custody and visitation, now referred to as allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, are frequently misunderstood. At Martin & Reed, LLC, we frequently meet with parents who want sole custody. In reality, barring extenuating circumstances, the courts in Northern Colorado have an expectation of equal parenting time and joint decision making. That is the starting point. Depending on the facts of the case, our Greeley child custody lawyer may seek different terms on your behalf.
The Best Interest of the Child
The reason why courts prefer equal parenting time and joint decision making is because, in most family law cases, it is believed that is what is in the best interest of the child. That is what drives the courts. That is what your focus should be.
We understand what the courts are looking for, because we have extensive experience in these matters. Whether you are going through a divorce or your child custody case stems from a paternity action, you can count on us to protect your relationship with your child.
Should the Other Parent’s Time With the Child Be Restricted?
While equal parenting time is the preference, there are occasions in which the other parent may be a danger to the child. Perhaps that parent is involved in crime or addicted to drugs or alcohol, or spends time with people who are. We know how to file a motion to restrict parenting time and argue in a hearing that the child’s well-being is in jeopardy.
Child Custody Modification and Enforcement
Relationships evolve. The needs of children change. The needs of parents change. For these reasons, it may become necessary to modify child custody arrangements. Whether seeking to modify under the endangerment standard to restrict the child’s contact with the other parent, or simply making alterations to accommodate new work schedules, remarriage, relocation or other factors, our attorney can help.
If the other parent has failed to comply with the child custody arrangements, it may become necessary to take enforcement actions. The other parent may be held in contempt of court or face other repercussions for failing to provide access to the child or otherwise interfering with your relationship with the child.