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For Love or Money: O’Donnell Fighting for Custody of Daughter

When we last mentioned the divorce of Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds, the couple had agreed to share custody of their adopted 2-year-old daughter Dakota. Rounds’ attorney recently confirmed that the previously established custody arrangement has been thrown out, and that Rounds will seek sole custody of Dakota.

O’Donnell and Rounds have not yet come to a divorce settlement, and are expected to butt heads over their daughter. Rounds’ attorney says that sole custody for Rounds is “unequivocally in their child’s best interest and general welfare.” O’Donnell’s attorney fired back, claiming that the custody fight is “an absurd and desperate attempt to use a child for [Rounds’] own gain.” Outside sources claim Rounds is gunning for O’Donnell’s fortune and using the child as a weapon, though Rounds denies this.

Renegotiating Child Custody in Colorado

In Colorado, the gold standard for child custody (parenting time) modification is generally whether the modification serves the child’s best interests. This can change, especially if the requested modification would relocate the child or change which parent has primary custody. Additionally, if the modification would change the primary custody parent, a motion cannot be filed within two years of a custody ruling, unless the child is endangered.

The key to settling a custody arrangement quickly is working together with your ex-spouse. It is best to be realistic, practical and cooperative, and to avoid wasting time on insignificant issues. If you are seeking a parenting time modification in Colorado, you should speak with an experienced family law attorney.

Divorce Matters ”“ Denver Family Law Attorneys