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How To Deal With COVID, Custody, And The Holidays

The holiday season is well underway, and this year we find ourselves in a first in a lifetime situation with a global pandemic hitting full stride just as we are getting ready to deck the halls. As a parent, this time of year can already be emotional and challenging enough without dealing with a public … Continued

Parenting Plan Concerns with Coronavirus

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused chaos throughout the United States; the economy is at a standstill, schools are closed, people are confined in their houses. Americans are having to deal with issues that have never been seen before, and one of these issues is navigating parenting plans throughout this time. Parenting plans are lengthy and … Continued

3 Tips for Co-Parenting During COVID-19

Under normal circumstances, co-parenting can be challenging enough. Trying to manage and maintain a healthy parenting plan under a pandemic is unchartered territory for all us. Attorney’s here at Modern Family Law are working through very different questions and concerns from parents when it comes to COVID-19 (coronavirus). While everyone’s family situation is different, we’ve … Continued

My Ex Is Taking The Kids Out During COVID-19

Even under the best of situations, parents do not always see eye to eye on decisions about their children. Disagreement often worsens after a break up when parents go their separate ways and possibly find new partners. What if the difference of opinion rises to the level of a safety issue? What if my ex … Continued

Alcohol or Drugs and Time with Your Kids

Substance abuse is a common factor of conflict for parents in a divorce. Divorce parties may turn to alcohol and drug use during the divorce process to handle stressful and sadness. With these cases, addictions can result in the separating parties choosing between family or addiction. In any circumstance, families and legal counsel will want … Continued

Key to Parenting Time: Cooperation

Splitting parenting time can be fertile ground for conflict  Parties get fixated on percentages and the number of overnights, instead of cooperation and what may work best for the kids. It’s best to focus discussions on child-centered schedules. If you walk into court describing your kids like a pie to be divided, you’ll lose credibility … Continued

Fathers Have Rights, Too

"Is my state a father’s state, or a mother’s state?" It's a common question, and we get it all the time from clients worried about gender bias in our courtrooms.  Father's rights cases are on the rise.  You hear men in divorce cases concerned, "fathers have rights, too" Family law statutes in most states are … Continued

Understanding Child Custody In California

The word “custody” is what most people think of when they talk about time with their kids after a divorce. Most family law professionals, including lawyers and judges, stay away from this term. Instead, “parenting time” and “decision-making” are commonly used in its place. The phrase, "custody" implies ownership or control of something, so "custody" … Continued

Grandparents Rights In Dependency and Neglect

In today’s world of modern families, it’s not unusual for grandparents to seek their own rights regarding their grandchildren. This is a well-established statutory ability for grandparents (or great-grandparents). With this ability, grandparents “seek a court order granting them reasonable grandchild or great-grandchild visitation rights.” However, the implementation of these rights can only be done … Continued

Creating Your Colorado Summer Parenting Plan

When it comes to summer break, kids immediately get excited about the activities, vacations, time with friends, less early mornings, and more fun. However, for kids entering their first summer with separated parents, these sunshine-filled months can be more stressful than exciting. “Things like summer break are important to kids in ways that parents don’t … Continued

Paternity vs APR

When two individuals have a child or children together, it can be great. However, occasionally for one reason or another, couples may decide to end their relationship. Ordinarily, this might be difficult on its own merits, but when children are involved, it can add a whole new universe of issues that have to be handled. … Continued

Paternity

Family law cases can be extremely diverse from one another, and no two cases are quite the same. Some cases may possess more traditional or common characteristics, while others may be substantially nuanced and unique. For cases involving children, many involve some sort of assertion of parental responsibilities. However for some cases, there may be … Continued

Parenting Schedule Considerations

When couples with children break up, it can be hard on everyone involved. For parents, it means the end of a relationship and a loss of all the things associated with having a partner.  For children, it means different living situations, swapping between two homes, and living under two separate settings. For everyone, the end … Continued

Parenting Schedules: 101

When couples break up, their relationship ends and they tend to go their separate ways. However, if a couple has kids together, the intimacy may be over, but parenting may continue for years to come. What’s more, when exes have difficulty co-parenting, it may leave the kids caught in the middle of an argument between … Continued

Religious Upbringing: The Law and Child Rearing

Many people have religion in their life and religion plays a big part in who they are. For many people with religion in their lives, a critical component of their faith is having the ability to raise their children within their religion. While religious upbringing is fine for whole families, it can become difficult when … Continued

CFI vs PRE: Which Child Custody Expert Is Right For You?

If you find yourself in the middle of a hotly contested child custody matter, you may be wondering if a custody expert is right for your case. High-conflict cases often require CFIs or PREs.   These experts can perform specialized investigations which attorneys, parties, and even judges cannot do themselves.  However, there are several different … Continued

Best Interest Of The Child

When Colorado courts are tasked with making an initial determination of parenting time (formerly known as “physical custody”), the standard they must apply is “best interests of the child.”  But what is "best interests?"  CALL NOW: (866) 695-0314SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION  There are several best interest factors that the Court will take into consideration and … Continued

Parenting Exchanges

For separated couples with children, occasional interactions with one another are often a reality of daily life. Because these couples typically will have some form of alternating parenting time, chances are they will sometimes encounter one another when switching between each other’s parenting time. Exchanges can help provide stability and certainty by clarifying the nature … Continued