Even when Colorado parents cannot agree on most things in life, they will agree that they want what is best for their children. During separations and divorces, parents may dispute the other’s assertions regarding property and support needs but may find it easier to come to common terms about how to serve their children’s developmental, physical, and emotional needs. With the help of their family law attorneys, they may find balanced plans that afford both parents time and opportunities to be with their kids.

In some circumstances, though, courts may elect to give exclusive custody to one parent rather than allowing the parents to share in such responsibilities. Sole custody may be appropriate in some cases when the safety of the children is in question. Parents who have committed physical or sexual abuse against the kids may be denied custodial rights; severe emotional abuse can also bar a parent from having custody of their kids.

If one parent has committed domestic violence against the other and the children have seen it committed, the abusing parent may be excluded from holding custodial power.

In many child custody situations, parents are able to find ways of working together to ensure that their children have positive and successful relationships with both of the adults who love them. In cases where abuse or harm may be involved, though, parents may be denied physical or legal custody responsibilities. Parents who have concerns about their own child custody matters can discuss them with their own attorney.