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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

What Happens if One Parent gets Infected with Coronavirus

Co-parenting is hard but has become more difficult since Covid-19 has spread throughout our community. Unfortunately, there is no precedent to help lead parents through this process, and there is no legal standard to help guide the courts either. Although we are in uncharted waters, thankfully, many factors can help guide your decisions during this … Continued

Family Stresses from Coronavirus

These “Corona” times are stressful for everyone. The spread of the virus resulted in repercussions that have affected every single one of us, whether it’s through remote work, unemployment, school closures, childcare, sickness, and/or loss. With our physical health and livelihoods at risk, maintaining one’s mental health has been a low priority. Unfortunately, failing to … Continued

Child Custody Questions during Coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic has many families confused as to how to navigate issues relating to child custody. We receive many calls from parents with questions relating to the impact of the Coronavirus and California’s shelter-in-place order (“SIP”) on existing child custody and visitation orders. We try to address the most common questions here. Can a … Continued

5 Steps to Better Parenting during Coronavirus

Families all over the world are learning to adapt to the evolving changes of their daily life due to COVID-19. With emergency orders to stay at home, many families found themselves unemployed or working from home and without school or daycare. Thus, not only are parents figuring out how to keep their children safe and … Continued

Co-Parenting Concerns during Coronavirus

Since early March of 2020, our offices have received numerous calls from concerned parents on how to co-parent during Covid19. Many parents are naturally afraid to exchange their children during this pandemic, fearing their child may contract Covid19, while in the other parent’s care. I have even received calls asking me if parenting orders are … 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

Best Interest of the Children

When a judge is called upon to decide questions related to children and divorce, such as parenting time and decision-making, they use what’s known as the “best interests of the child" standard.  This means, a judge will consider all questions from the perspective of the best interests of the children and will try to fashion … Continued

Child and Family Investigators (CFI)

A Child and Family Investigators, or CFI, is an expert appointed by a court to help a judge resolve parenting time and decision-making conflicts. Not every case involving children requires a CFI.  CFIs are usually only appointed to cases where one, or both parties request this expert.  A judge may also determine on his or … Continued

A General Overview of Child Support

Child support is a common issue in a divorce case with kids. Disputes over child support may significantly impact the co-parenting relationship and will affect the financial circumstances of the parents.  As attorneys, we hear child support horror stories which are misleading or outright incorrect. This misinformation can cause people who are already dealing with … 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

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

Child Support Issues

If a couple decides to separate and they have kids in the mix, you better believe that they will eventually know what it means to deal with child support issues. When we say there may be child support issues, you can rest assured that there are many. Child support may seem like a pretty simple … 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?"  There are several best interest factors that the Court will take into consideration and use when formulating a parenting plan.  It … 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

Parenting Time in Colorado

In an Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (“APR” for short) case or divorce with children, one of the biggest client concerns is spending time with their kids. The traditional term most used by people when thinking of this topic is custody. In Colorado, however, the courts no longer use this term as it carries some negative … Continued

Informal vs Court Initiated Child Support Payment Modification

Child support payments can be modified to assist those who are experiencing financial difficulties. A problem arises though when a court-ordered child support payment agreement is modified outside of the court system. Informal Payment Modifications Often times, when a spouse responsible for making child support payments (the obligor) experiences financial troubles, they are likely to … Continued