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Is Parenting Time the Same as Custody?

Parenting Time vs. “Custody”  In a family law courtroom, you want to speak the same language as the judge and the lawyers. Speaking the same language doesn’t mean English or Spanish or French.  Instead, it means using the terms defined in your state’s statutes. The term “custody” is one of the biggest chances for people … 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

Modifying Orders in Parenting Cases

Parenting time orders almost always need modification. Circumstances change as the children get older or as parents moved to new locations. Parenting time order that doesn't need modification at some point, are rare.  Modifying orders is a common feature of parenting time cases.  Parenting time orders are designed around the circumstances at that time. Occasionally, … Continued

Taking Emergency Action

When it comes to our children's welfare, every decision is urgent. Once we’ve decided what's best for our kids, we want action right away. When it comes to emergency parenting, the urgency we feel often comes up against the hard reality of the court system.   It's a slow process, getting a judge’s attention, and … 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

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 Change Ups

In any case, involving disputes about parenting time, child support is inevitably one of the issues that will come before the court. Eventually, once all is said and done, in most cases the court will enter a child support order, detailing the obligation that one party owes the other. For whatever reason, as time passes, … Continued

Child Custody: A Dying Phrase in Colorado

When you hear people talk about issues involving children, you are likely to hear the word custody being thrown around pretty frequently. However, in Colorado, the term “custody” has essentially become a thing of the past.  Instead, Colorado relies on the term “Allocation of Parental Responsibilities” when determining an appropriate “custody” arrangement for your child.  But … Continued

Substance Abuse in Family Law

No matter your circumstances, chances are you know someone who struggles with or someone who has struggled with, substance abuse issues. Now for that person, the substance abuse issues are severe enough. However, substance abuse issues can be all the more difficult in the realm of domestic relations cases, especially if there are kids involved. … Continued

Motions to Enforce in Colorado

When a court enters orders, most people frequently comply with what is required. However, there are also plenty of individuals who choose to disregard court orders. Depending on the circumstances, various forms of relief may be available. We have discussed contempt proceedings in one of our other posts so that we won’t be talking about … 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

School Choice in a Divorce: Part 1

By its very nature, divorce can be hard. There are so many issues that can be implicated in a divorce--dividing property, spousal maintenance, child support--the list goes on. However, there can be some issues that you might not consider when thinking of divorce, especially when it comes to specific issues with children. Something that inevitably … Continued

Ultimate 50/50 Parenting Plan Guide

When couples with children decide to divorce, they’re often challenged by their new post-divorce relationship. And if the relationship ends contentiously, forming a workable parenting plan can prove difficult. For these parents, it’s easy to forget that the ultimate objective should be to provide kids with an easy transition to their new lives while allowing … Continued

Can I Modify an Existing Parenting Plan in Colorado?

If your child custody arrangement is no longer serving the best interests of your child, you have the right to seek a modification from the court. In order to do so, you need to show the court that a material change of circumstances has affected the efficacy of the original parenting plan.  You will also … Continued

5 Tips for Co-Parenting During the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be the most beautiful time of the year. However, families going through a divorce, the holidays can be significantly stressful. Coordinating schedules for visitations and parenting time can be overwhelming. This is especially true if this is the first holiday for a family after a split. While the transition may … Continued