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Douglas County Child Custody Lawyers
Helping Parents Build Relationships With Their Children
Colorado courts determine custody based upon the “best interests of the child” standard. In most families, both parents want what is in the best interests of their child, but a definition of those best interests may differ from one parent to the other.
At Kishinevsky & Raykin, Attorneys at Law, we understand that child custody issues are often the most emotional part of a divorce. We are compassionate, thoughtful and supportive of our clients during this difficult time in their lives.
Located in Aurora, Colorado, we use mediation, negotiation and litigation to help clients in Centennial, Highlands Ranch and throughout Douglas County and Arapahoe County to create workable custody agreements and parenting-time schedules that provide parents and children with a sense of security and peace.
Contact us to discuss your child custody and parenting plan options with a skilled Douglas County child custody attorney.
Talk To An Attorney Before Agreeing To Anything
Many people do not know that a temporary child custody arrangement between you and your spouse may have a significant impact on the custody decision that the court will make in your final divorce decree.
In determining the best interests of a child, courts are concerned about maintaining continuity and stability in the child’s life. Therefore, if a couple separates and the parents agree to a temporary 50-50 custody split while the divorce is pending, the court will be reluctant to alter this arrangement when it comes time to award permanent custody.
If you are considering divorce, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable child custody lawyer about your rights before moving out of the marital home or agreeing to any type of temporary custody arrangement.
Cooperation And Maturity Could Work To Your Advantage
Although it may be difficult, it is also important to cooperate with your spouse when it comes to co-parenting your child while you are separated. Any attempts to undermine the other parent or to disrupt his or her relationship with the child will be viewed negatively by the court and will only work against you in the end.
If the court orders your child to work with a therapist, you need to make sure this happens. If the court orders you to take a parenting class, you need to go. The court will appreciate and acknowledge any efforts you make to demonstrate that you are acting in the best interests of your child. This could go a long way toward helping you accomplish your preferred child custody arrangement.
Do You Need To Modify Your Custody Arrangement?
Circumstances change. What made sense at the time of your divorce may not make sense now. The parenting-time plan that was originally drafted with the needs of a five-year-old child in mind does not address the needs of a 16 year old. You or your former spouse may need to relocate, or your child may be involved in extracurricular activities that necessitate a change in the custody arrangement or parenting-time plan. Whatever the situation, we can help.