Divorce can be messy, but it is especially complicated when child custody is involved. It is no longer just about dividing assets and determining alimony, but is expanded to include child support, parental responsibilities and what is in the best interest of your child. Because of the high stakes involved, child custody is usually more difficult to navigate - both emotionally and legally. The most important thing for anyone dealing with a divorce where children are involved is to understand the process and how child custody is determined.
Most people dealing with divorce and child custody issues in Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County are new to the scene and don't have experience with these legal issues. Child custody has its own set of terms, and just like many other areas of the law, its own set of abbreviations. It's like learning a whole new language. Here's a few important abbreviations you may see or hear during your Arvada child custody case and what they stand for.
When the Jefferson County Court enters an order regarding child custody and the allocation of parental responsibilities, it is expected to be followed. Even if everyone involved was originally on board and there were no contested issues, that doesn't mean that things always stay that way. Often, people in this situation are not sure what options they have and how they can get help to ensure that their ex will follow the order. Let's look at the possible avenues you can take to remedy the situation.
For divorcing parents, allocating parental responsibilities is a major part of the divorce process. Religion is one of those responsibilities that can cause conflict between parents. Religion plays a large role in the lives of many people in Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County. For religious people, raising their family in the same faith is very important to them. This is not generally an issue when the family is a unit, but what happens when parents choose to get a divorce? And what about when the parents have different religious backgrounds? This can be a serious point of contention. So, how does the Jefferson handle these issues? Let's find out.
Fathers in Wheat Ridge and Arvada often feel that they have less of a chance getting full custody of their children than mothers do. This is, however, not the case. Single fathers can get full custody of their children if there is good cause to give it to them. Remember, the Jefferson County family law courts want to act in the best interest of the child. Ideally, this means co-parenting where both parents are actively involved and spending time with their children. But, co-parenting is not always an option nor is it always what's best for the kids. Let's look at the different variables related to child custody and single fathers.
When a couple with children chooses to get a divorce in Wheat Ridge, Arvada, or Golden, child custody is an important issue. Where your children will live, who they will live with, how to co-parent, and how different responsibilities will be divided. When there are disagreements about any of these aspects related to child custody, it may be left to a Jefferson County judge to make the final decision. Often, when it gets to that point, clients are worried about what will be said in court - including criminal history.
When the Jefferson County Court judge signs off on a child custody or parenting agreement, it is binding. That means that the items outlined in the agreement are meant to be followed, whether you changed your mind or not. That's why it is so important to have an experienced Wheat Ridge family law attorney on your side when entering into any agreements regarding your children- because until a judge tells you otherwise, you are held to that original agreement. A mother recently realized the seriousness of her allocation of parental responsibilities agreement when she was sent to jail for violating it.
If you are filing for divorce and children are involved, or if you are addressing child custody with the Jefferson County Court, often a requirement of the court is to attend a co-parenting class. Whether required or not, it can be a very helpful class to prepare both parents for possible issues and obstacles that may come up while trying to co-parent. For many, co-parenting is a new experience and so you may not know exactly what to expect moving forward. This type of course can prepare you for those situations and give you a better idea of what's to come. You and your co-parent are not required to take this class together, but can attend separate sessions.
Making decisions about your children's health, schooling, and overall care can be difficult when parents are separated or divorced and at odds with each other in Wheat Ridge, Golden, and Arvada. Normally, these would be decisions you would discuss with your partner and come to a mutual decision together. However, when parents are no longer partners, discussions and decision making can sometimes be tricky. I recently read an article about a mother who was found in contempt of court and put in jail as a punitive measure for not following a court order. The father of the children had wanted his kids to get vaccinated and the mother did not. The two could not agree, so they took the issue to the family law courts to have a judge make a ruling. When the judge ruled in favor of the father and for the vaccinations, the mother was given a certain time frame in which she was required to comply. She did not, and was sent to jail.
Filing for a Wheat Ridge divorce in Jefferson County Court while pregnant means there will be a separate set of issues that the Court will address. While some of the issues are similar to those addressed in a Colorado divorce where children are involved, others are specific to the fact that there is an unborn child in the equation. Even though the child has not yet been born, the Courts want to determine paternity, custody or allocation of parental responsibilities, and child support. It is important you know and understand your rights and the options that are available to you while filing for divorce prior to the birth of your child.