Through the Jefferson County divorce process, child custody and parenting time are decided and enforceable by a judge's order. But, sometimes, unexpected situations arise. This can definitely be the case when it comes to a move. Even though your parenting time is laid out in the child custody agreement, a change in location to a new state will need to be addressed in Jefferson County District Court. This is known as a child custody relocation.
Colorado Procedure for Relocating with Children
Colorado law has a set of standards and procedures a person must follow in order to get a relocation considered. The law provides that a person wishing to relocate must give notice in writing to the other parent outlining the intent to relocate, the reason for the relocation (such as job or marriage), the new address and how the parenting plan will be modified to reflect the location change. After this notice is given, the other parent has the opportunity to object.
Objections to Child Custody Relocation in Arvada
When a relocation is necessary, we often see the non-custodial parent object to the move. Even if you have custody of your children 90% of the time in Arvada, you can't just pack up your kids and move to another city or state. Children need both parents. Just like in a divorce, it is easiest to come to an agreement with your ex-spouse outside of court, but sometimes that is not possible. Either way, an experienced family law attorney can help you get your relocation approved, working with your ex to come to an agreement or arguing your objection to the move in the Jefferson County family court.
Relocation Considerations for a Jefferson County Family Court Judge
The Jefferson County family court looks at several factors before granting or denying a request for relocation. The best interest of the children is always the number one factor. The court will want to hear how this move will is beneficial to the children. The judge will also consider the reason for the move, the objections from the other parent, the new environment the kids will be exposed to, and any other potential benefits or damages to the child from the relocation. Having an expert child custody attorney on your side will give you the best chance at getting your relocation request granted, or in preventing an unnecessary move away.
If you are looking to modify a parenting agreement or relocate, contact the best child custody lawyers from the Pearman Law Firm for a free initial phone consultation at 720-259-9528 or 888-835-6339 today.
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