Parental RightsNo area of the law requires more of a balance between compassionate counsel with aggressive advocacy than in matters of child custody. A protracted court fight over custody increases the expenses of litigation and risks damaging your relationship with your children. The legal team at Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg, LLC knows Colorado child custody and parenting time law inside and out — and we’re prepared to provide reliable, knowledgeable advice on your legal options gained through decades of experience with child custody cases.

Bringing experience and compassion to child custody matters

We encourage you to look at your situation the way the court will — focusing on “the best interests of the child.” Colorado family law courts consider a long list of factors in making decisions related to your children, including how custody is divided and visitation determinations. The court understands that you love your children — but the needs and best interests of the children are paramount. Our attorneys will guide you and the court in seeing a clear picture of your life and applying these factors objectively in your circumstances.

Understanding custody terms and your parental rights

Parental decision-making authority — formerly known as “having legal custody” — is the power to make decisions about your children’s health, education and welfare, as opposed to physical custody, which involves the home and caretaking of your children. Even when one parent is awarded sole physical custody of the children, legal custody is generally shared by both parents. At Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg, we understand how difficult it can be to reach agreement on parenting issues after a painful divorce. We offer empathetic legal services that help parents set reasonable goals for raising their children and arrive at manageable plans to achieve those goals.

One way to achieve goals regarding custody issues is to conduct negotiations or mediation between the parents to create a parenting plan that both parents can agree to. Agreement can sometimes be reached in negotiations where each party has an attorney present, but many couples prefer mediation, which is a cooperative rather than an adversarial process. In this situation, a mediator leads the parties in the direction of a mutually beneficial plan. Our divorce mediation attorneys coach you prior to your sessions, ensuring that you can articulate your preferences and assert your rights. A mediated settlement can create a framework for future parental decision-making, providing ongoing benefits for both parties.

Firm advocacy to ensure your children are safe and cared for

Because the court may restrict parenting time if there’s a danger to the child, allegations of child endangerment are made for all the right and the wrong reasons. Our parenting time lawyers have counseled clients who believed that because of drug or alcohol abuse, or a history of domestic violence, their ex-spouse was a true threat to their children. On the other hand, we’ve defended spouses against unfounded and vicious allegations of child abuse made to deprive that parent of a relationship with the children. We provide thorough representation in support of your rights and the best interest of your children.