Managing the Challenges of Child Custody Disputes (APR)

October 12, 2023

 Child Custody DisputesAnother name for child custody in Colorado court is allocation of parental responsibilities (APR). Colorado law uses the term "allocation of parental responsibilities" instead of "custody" to describe the legal process of determining how much decision-making authority and parenting time each parent will have with their child after a divorce or separation.

The allocation of parental responsibilities holds immense significance for children whose parents have separated or divorced. The methods used to determine custody and the specific arrangements made can profoundly affect a child's overall welfare and growth. This Johnson Law Group Family Law article examines the different factors that influence custody arrangements and delves into the possible consequences these arrangements may have on children. By comprehending the significance of custody arrangements and their consequences, we can strive to establish healthier and more nurturing environments for children whose parents have gone through separation or divorce.

Speak To an Attorney on Child Custody Types in Colorado

If you are going through a child custody dispute, speaking with an experienced Colorado family law attorney is essential. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can represent you in court if necessary. Our family law team at Johnson Law Group understands that child custody disputes can be complex and emotionally charged, but we are here for you to help focus on the goal of creating a stable and loving environment for your child. Read about the different types of custody tips and benefits of working with the other parent to increase the chances of reaching an agreement that is beneficial for everyone involved.

Physical Custody

Physical custody refers to when and where the child will physically reside. In most Colorado cases, one parent will have primary bodily custody, meaning the child will live with them most of the time. The other parent will usually have contact or visitation rights that allow them to spend time with the child on a scheduled basis. Note that visitation rights are the legal right of a non-custodial parent to spend time with their child.

Legal Custody

Legal custody is the legal right to be responsible for a child's upbringing and to make major decisions about their life, such as education, healthcare, and religion. In most Colorado cases, both parents will have joint legal custody, meaning they must make these decisions together.

Sole Custody

Sole custody is when one parent has the legal right to make major decisions about the child's life and the primary responsibility for the child's care and upbringing. This is typically only granted in cases where one parent is deemed unfit or unable to care for the child.

How is Custody Determined?

The court will always prioritize the child's best interests when determining custody. Factors that the court may consider include:

  • The child's relationship with each parent
  • The child's age and needs
  • The physical and mental health of each of the parent
  • The ability of each parent to provide a stable and safe home
  • The child's preference (if they are old enough to express it)

It's important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to determining custody. Each case is unique, and the court will consider all relevant factors before deciding.

Tips for Co-Parenting Child Custody

Co-parenting can be challenging but essential for your child's well-being. If you are unsure about your rights as a parent, please get in touch with our Johnson Law Group Attorneys for a Legal Coaching Session about your rights. Furthermore, below are some tips to help you navigate co-parenting successfully:

Communicate Effectively

Effective communication is critical to successful co-parenting. Keep the lines of communication open and be respectful when discussing matters related to your child. Use a neutral tone and avoid bringing up past issues or conflicts.

Things To Consider To Keep Your Child's Best Interests in Mind

Remember that your child's well-being should always be the top priority. Put aside any personal differences and focus on what is best for your child.

Be Flexible

Things may not always go as planned, and it's essential to be flexible and understanding when unexpected situations arise. Work together to find a solution that works for both of you and your child.

Respect Boundaries

It's important to respect each other's boundaries and parenting styles. Avoid criticizing or undermining the other parent's decisions, which can create tension and conflict. Instead, work on being objective about what you want and seek professional legal help that can provide sound advice.

Resolving Custody Battles

Custody battles can be emotionally draining and costly. Our Attorneys focus on resolving the issues and have suggested some tips for resolving custody battles to reach a mutually beneficial agreement:

Consider Mediation

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party helps parents agree on custody matters. It can be an option and a less adversarial alternative to going to court when possible. Our Custody attorneys will evaluate your case and recommend the best next steps for your specific case. Our goal is to provide legal experience and expertise and focus on favorable outcomes for your case. 

Seek Top Legal Advice

If you reside in Colorado and are unable to agree to mediation, it may be necessary to seek legal advice. Our Colorado family law attorneys can guide you through the family law legal process. This is what we do every day, all day, and we are committed to a successful resolution of your case. Consider consulting with an experienced attorney or family law firm with experts on their team.

Keep the Focus on Your Child

During a custody battle, it can be easy to get caught up in the fights, allow emotions to run high, and lose sight of what's best for your child. Our team will assist you in keeping the focus on your and your child's well-being to try to avoid making decisions based on anger or revenge.

Contact An Experienced Child Custody Attorney

Custody matters can be challenging, but you can navigate them successfully with the right approach. Remember to keep the focus on your child's well-being, communicate effectively, and seek professional help when needed. If you are going through a child custody dispute in Colorado, speaking with an experienced Custody attorney about (APR) or child custody is essential. A seasoned family law attorney like the ones in our office can help you understand the law and your rights to negotiate a fair custody agreement best. Johnson Law Group puts Coloradans first and offers a complimentary initial consultation. Our experienced family law attorneys will ensure that you and your ex-spouse reach the best custody agreement for your child. Call or text 720-445-4444 to connect with our legal intake team.

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Written by Family Law Attorney Myles S. Johnson
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