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Northern Colorado Child Custody Lawyer

Serving Fort Collins, Loveland, and Larimer Counties

A child is the life of both the mother and the father. This life needs to be nurtured, cherished, and protected by responsible adults. The age of a child doesn’t matter when it comes to facing family trouble, such as parents getting a divorce, because it is always difficult. Luckily, Colorado has strict child custody laws set in place to avoid children feeling unwanted. Working with a family law attorney helps verify that the child’s best interests are in the forefront of a divorce or other family issue.

Child custody, otherwise known as legal guardianship, is a legal process that delegates an appropriate relationship between a child and his or her guardian. It may be one parent, both parents, or another person entirely, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, or adoptive parents. A child may be put under custody of someone other than both parents together if the parents have gotten a divorce, one parent is no longer “in the picture,” parents have died, or parents were abusive.

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Types of Child Custody in Colorado

Alternating Custody

Children go between the two parents’ houses for equal amounts of time. Each parent has complete sole authority over the children when in his or her custody.

Joint Custody

Together, parents have legal custody over children.

Shared Custody

Similar to alternating custody, shared custody means the children go between the two parents houses for equal amounts of time. It differs from alternating custody because both parents always have authority over the children, no matter the location.

Sole Custody

One parent has legal custody over the children 100 percent of the time.

Split Custody

The parents split the children for full-time custody. One parent has custody over one child while the other parent has custody of another.

Third Party Custody

The children are cared for by a person other than either biological parent.

If a child is mature enough to voice an opinion, a judge will take the child’s wishes into consideration when determining the appropriate type of child custody in Colorado. Working with child custody lawyers ensures that the best interests of both parents and, most importantly, the children are in the forefront.


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         I called 4 lawyers seeking help with my family trust matter. Nick Ores was the only one to return my call. He verified he could assist with my request and promptly provided instructions on how we would proceed with document delivery and filing. All were executed flawlessly and in short order. I was fully satisfied with the Law Office of Nicholas Ores and would recommend him to anyone.

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