Denver Colorado, Family Law Attorney Jeff Alter

Colorado Child Custody Attorney | Metro Denver

Parenting Time

  • Number of Overnights - What's best for the children?
  • Holidays, School Breaks, Birthdays, etc.
  • Vacations - How long does each parent get? Out of the country?
  • Communication with the children on the other parent's time.
  • Pick-up and Drop-Off Schedules.
  • Childcare accommodations.
  • Right of First Refusal?

Decision-Making

  • School Choice - Where do the kids go?
  • Religion - Yes/No and what, where and when?
  • Sports and extracurriculars - Which ones, for how long, and who pays?
  • Tatoos & Piercings - Yes/No Where?
  • Curfews - School days versus non-school days?
  • Hair Styles - How long, coloring, shaved?
  • Diet - Any restrictions on type of food?

Location Location Location

I practice Colorado child custody law in the entire Denver Metro area including:

Denver • Adams County • Arapahoe County • Boulder County • Broomfield County • Douglas County • Elbert County • Jefferson County

Also, I sometimes practice in Colorado Springs.

Does My Case Need an Expert?

Child & Family Investigator (CFI)

A CFI is a neutral expert appointed by the court who investigates the child(ren) and parental relationship and makes a "child(ren)'s best interests" parenting time or decision-making recommendation to the court. The CFI will address all important witnesses and applies statutory factors in making the recommendation.

Parental Responsibilities Evaluator (PRE)

The PRE is like a CFI who can do psychological evaluations. Thus, a PRE is most often a psychologist. A CFI can be a psychologist, but also may be a lawyer or social worker, or anyone with CFI training. The PRE should be considered where the mental state of the children or a parent would be important in making a parenting time or decision-making recommendation.

Substance Abuse Evaluator

The substance abuse evaluator has experience in testing and screening for substance abuse, including drugs, alcohol, prescription medications, etc. These experts should be called upon where substance abuse is disputed between the parties. Usually, the substance abuse evaluator works alongside or in addition to the CFI or PRE.

Watch It

Although experts are supposed to be neutral, the reality is that some evaluators have particular biases and leanings based on their own experience or training. A good attorney either knows or investigates the evaluator before agreeing to one, and should be involved in the selection process. Whether and to what extent an evaluator should be appointed in your case is an issue your attorney should discuss with you in depth.

Best Interests of the Children

These Factors are Used to Decide Parenting Time and Decision-Making.

  • The wishes of the child's parents as to parenting time;

  • The wishes of the child if he or she is sufficiently mature to express reasoned and independent preferences as to the parenting time schedule;

  • The interaction and interrelationship of the child with his or her parents, his or her siblings, and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interests.

 

  • The child's adjustment to his or her home, school, and community;

  • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved, except that a disability alone shall not be a basis to deny or restrict parenting time;

  • The ability of the parties to encourage the sharing of love, affection, and contact between the child and the other party.

 

  • Whether the past pattern of involvement of the parties with the child reflects a system of values, time commitment, and mutual support;;

  • The physical proximity of the parties to each other as this relates to the practical considerations of parenting time;

  • The ability of each party to place the needs of the child ahead of his or her own needs.

 

For Decision-Making, the above factors plus the following apply:

  • Credible evidence of the ability of the parties to cooperate and to make decisions jointly;

  • Whether the past pattern of involvement of the parties with the child reflects a system of values, time commitment, and mutual support that would indicate an ability as mutual decision makers to provide a positive and nourishing relationship with the child;

  • Whether an allocation of mutual decision-making responsibility on any one or a number of issues will promote more frequent or continuing contact between the child and each of the parties.

 

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