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Category Archives: Child Custody

Attorney Brooke Shafranek Answers Your Questions Regarding COVID-19 and How It Affects Your Divorce

Divorce Matters attorney Brooke Shafranek answers questions submitted from the community. Q. Can I still get a divorce? (0:18) Q. What can I do if I’m experiencing an emergency, such as domestic violence or child abuse? (2:30) Q. Co-parenting, parenting plans, what happens if we need to deviate or me and my ex disagree? (3:04)...

Is 50/50 Visitation Best For My Children?

A shared custody agreement often involves children splitting their time between two households — mom’s and dad’s. A 50/50 time split may seem “fair” on the outside looking in, but it might not be in the child’s best interests based on a number of factors. When considering a 50/50 split between two parents, lifestyle elements...

When Should I Move Out of the House?

When couples decide to divorce, they often can’t stand to be in the same room together. This means one of them ultimately must move out of the house before the divorce in Colorado. There are many considerations that go into deciding when and whether to move, and we encourage people to meet with a lawyer...

Advice on Co-Parenting During the Coronavirus

By Attorney Ashley Balicki I wanted to give you some guidance and general advice to co-parent through this new and confusing period. Decision-Making: If you, a member of your household, or your child are diagnosed with COVID-19 immediately advise the other parent. Do not hide this information. Communicate with your child(ren)’s parent and agree on...

I’m Worried My Ex May Have COVID-19, Do I Have To Send My Child To Them For Their Regularly Scheduled Parenting Time?

Following a divorce or separation, the reality for many children becomes a shuffling of back-and-forth between each parent’s home based on a court-ordered parenting time schedule. But what happens if one parent, or someone that parent came in contact with, becomes infected with the COVID-19? What if the other parent lives in a different state?...

What is Emergency Child Custody & How Do I Pursue It?

When a child is endangered, Colorado law allows for the court to suspend unsupervised visitation between the child and the parent that is endangering the child. This is an important tool that has helped save the lives of countless children. However, Colorado also penalizes people who make false allegations. If you are concerned that your...

How Does a Raise Affect Child Support?

How does a raise affect child support payments? Either you or your ex got a raise.  Congratulations!  Now you’re wondering how that raise will affect your respective child support obligations. In Colorado, the standard for modifying a child support order is a “substantial and continuing” change in circumstances, which includes a change in income.  Generally,...

Will Infidelity Impact Your Divorce in Colorado?

Adultery happens. In fact, marital experts estimate that around 20% of husbands and 13% of wives have been unfaithful at some point in their marriage. Fortunately, most marriages don’t end because of adultery. Instead, adultery often occurs after other problems have eaten away at the foundation of trust and affection that once underpinned a healthy...

Five Things to Include in a Lakewood, CO Parenting Plan

Under Colorado law, divorcing parents are required to submit a written parenting plan regarding the key issues involved with raising their minor children. Though the terms custody and visitation have been replaced by “Allocation of Parental Responsibilities” and “Parenting Time,” many of the same traditional concepts apply. Therefore, your parenting plan must include provisions on...

Six Reasons to Establish Paternity in Fort Collins, CO

More and more unmarried parents welcome children every year, putting paternity issues at the forefront for many mothers and fathers in Colorado. Though you may not have immediate concerns about establishing parentage, there are some considerations to keep in mind for the future. A Fort Collins paternity lawyer can tell you more about why it’s...