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.
It is estimated that as many as 30% of men who identify as fathers are unaware that they share no biological link to the children they believe are theirs. That is a frightening statistic, and indicates the presence of widespread paternity fraud in Colorado and across the nation. One group is trying to raise awareness of the issue, in the hopes of helping men avoid child custody and support cases based on fraud.
An unusual custody case has led to shock and outrage across the nation. The child custody matter did not take place in Colorado, and involves a convicted rapist and his former victim. The details of the case were so disturbing that a judge who ruled on the matter cut his vacation short to return and suspend his order until further hearings could take place.
Faced with a custody order that is difficult to accept, some Colorado parents may be tempted to act in opposition to that order. Doing so, however, is almost always a bad idea. An example is found in a case in which a mother was arrested for violating a child custody court order by removing the child from her state of residence and concealing the family's whereabouts from the child's father.
Most Colorado residents are aware of the landmark United States Supreme Court decision to legitimize same-sex marriage. Since that time, many same-sex couples have struggled in the area of child custody rights. Courts across the nation continue to hear cases in which same-sex parents argue over matters of child custody. One state's Supreme Court recently ruled on the matter, clarifying the application of the Supreme Court ruling to cases before state courts.
For Colorado families with children, adjusting to the changes that come with a divorce can be a difficult process. One of the biggest hurdles for children of divorce is a feeling of utter lack of control. All of a sudden, they are faced with changes to where they will live, with whom they will spend their time and which parent will be present for school events, sporting activities and social gatherings. Coming to terms with those child custody changes is not easy, for parents or for children.
When a child is removed from a parent's care by state authorities, there is usually a disturbing series of events that led up to that decision. In most cases, severe acts of abuse or chronic neglect precede a child custody matter between a parent and the state. There are cases, however, in Colorado and elsewhere, in which state authorities make a determination about the best interests of a child that go against the beliefs and opinions of many in the community. An example is found in one family's struggle to bring their young son back into their home.
For many Colorado residents, going through a custody case is a stressful experience, one that is fraught with emotion. However, for some parents, a child custody battle is far more distressing due to elements of domestic violence. Fighting for custody rights against a partner who is controlling or abusive can be a terrifying experience, especially if the parent fears that the other party will harm the kids. A newly proposed resolution would offer additional protection for kids going through a high-conflict custody case.
Faced with an ongoing custody battle, many Colorado parents want to do everything in their power to improve their legal position. In reality, however, it is not the actions taken once a child custody case is underway but the actions taken in the years prior that matter the most. The best tips that a parent can receive concerning a child custody case involve nothing more than simple good parenting practices. Fortunately, those practices can bring plenty of benefit, regardless of whether a custody case arises.
When a Colorado family is faced with a crisis, grandparents are often a lifeline for their grandchildren. This is especially true in cases where one or both parents are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. Having a loving grandparent who is willing to step in and provide a safe and loving home to a child can make a world of difference. Now, one state has passed legislation that gives grandparents preference in child custody matters where drugs play a role.