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Child custody is a challenge for disabled parents

When a Colorado court is faced with a custody challenge, the central focus is supposed to be the best interests of the child. That standard sometimes comes into direct conflict with parental rights, especially in cases where there are issues that are not exactly black or white. An example is found in child custody cases where disabled parents are accused of being unable to meet the needs of their children. 

One woman faced serious custody challenges by the state based on the fact that she is wheelchair bound. Despite the fact that she was able to earn a law degree and practice law, there were many times when she had to fight to retain her parental rights. Her children were all adopted out of foster care, and all have disabilities. She has been reported to child protective services multiple times, once for insisting that her teenage daughter make her own way home from the bus stop in her wheelchair. 

The basis of the custody cases were claims that a disabled parent could not properly care for a disabled child. The women argues that her disability and achievements make her uniquely qualified to parent her disabled kids. Because of her struggles, she works with other families facing similar custody issues. 

For Colorado parents who live with disabilities, there is always a danger of child custody challenges. If those matters do arise, it is critical to respond with an aggressive legal stance. Contact a family law attorney immediately, and be prepared for an uphill battle.  

Source:, "Parents With Disabilities Face an Uphill Battle to Keep Their Children", Robyn Powell, Jan. 3, 2018

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