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Colorado Child Custody

Typically, divorce courts like to give parents joint child custody, but this is not always possible with the circumstances of the divorce. When determining child custody, the Colorado divorce courts consider the best interest of the child, first and foremost. To determine what is in the best interest of the child, Colorado divorce law considers the following factors:

  • Wishes of the child's parents in regards to parenting time
  • Child's wishes if he or she is mature enough to express a reasonable and independent preference
  • Interaction and relationship of the child with parents, siblings and other family members significantly affect the child's well-being
  • Child's ability to adjust to home, school and community
  • Mental and physical health of all people involved (Disability alone is factor that will deny or restrict parenting time.)
  • Ability of each spouse to encourage affection and contact between the child and other parent
  • Parents' past involvement with the child and if it reflects a system of values, time commitment and mutual support
  • Location of each parent's house in relation to the other parent's
  • Credible evidence that shows there is a history of child abuse, neglect or domestic violence
  • Each parent's ability to place the child's needs before his or her own

There are a variety of types of child custody, as well as many different combinations the Colorado divorce court can choose to serve in the best interest of the child. A local Colorado divorce lawyer can further discuss with you how child custody might be determined in your case. Protect your relationship with your child today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Colorado divorce case review. If your child custody case doesn't involve a divorce, you can still connect with a local attorney who concentrates in family law for advice on how to handle your case.

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The above synopsis of Colorado divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Colorado divorce lawyer in your area.

Colorado divorce laws were last updated April 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.