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Child custody orders aren't permanent, modification is possible

Deciding that you need to take legal action regarding child custody is something that you probably didn't take lightly. If you are in that position, chances are good that you felt the need to protect your right to parent your child. We know that no parent wants to think about having to fight to be able to parent their child.

Once the initial child custody order was established, you probably breathed a sigh of relief because the battle was done. While you might not want to think about it right then, you might eventually have to head back to court to get the child custody order modified.

Undergoing IVF? Why an attorney is necessary

Infertilty and reproduction are delicate subjects for most, frought with emotions and anxiety. On the one hand, it may enable you to have the child you have dreamed about. On the other hand, the process is complicated and expensive. That is why when and if you decide to pursue assisted reproductive therapies (commonly known as ART), it's likely that you won't want to have to endure worst case scenarios.

Noncompliance with the summer visitation schedule

Most custody and parenting time orders that are put in place by the courts today have specific stipulations on how visitation will be handled during the summer when school is out and the children's schedules are often different. However, it's also not uncommon for one or both parents to not want to comply with the summer visitation schedule.

Many parents don't give the summer visitation schedule much thought until summer is actually here. Often it is first brought to their attention when one party notifies the other of the intent to go on vacation with the children. If the other party objects or there is a scheduling conflict, it can cause the situation to escalate quickly.

Pet custody battles: What you need to know

It's very common for couples to adopt an animal — or two or three — as part of their family. However, if the relationship ends and you decide to divorce, you may wonder who is entitled to keep the pets. This is an increasingly popular question, but it's not one with an easy answer.

The main issue at hand when it comes to pet custody cases is that pets are considered property under the law. This means that they are subject to the same property division guidelines as the rest of your nonliving assets, such as your house, furniture and money. However, a dog can obviously not be split 50/50, and therein lies the problem.

Establishing paternity is the first step in fathers' rights cases

Becoming a father is a huge event in a man's life. Many men want to be able to raise their children; however, some mothers try to stop men from being able to participate in the child's life. When that happens, the man might decide that he is going to take the woman to court to get an order that says he can be a part of his child's life. In some cases, proving paternity is one of the steps that must be taken before a court can issue a child custody order allowing the father to help raise his child.

There are two ways that you can establish paternity in Colorado. One of the options is that you and the child's mother would have to agree that you are the child's father. If she is denying that you are the child's father or if you have any doubt that you are the father, a DNA test is the other option.

Can I leave my child home alone?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no set law in Colorado that gives a specific age when it is legal to leave a child home alone at home. Many people go by the Colorado Child Labor Law and consider 12 the minimum acceptable age. However, there are many other factors to consider, including the child's maturity level and whether he will be in charge of anyone else, such as younger siblings or when babysitting.

However, because there is no definitive age and the circumstances and child's maturity level factor in so greatly, parents must be very careful. Leaving a child home alone who is not ready for the responsibility could lead to someone getting hurt, damage to property or charges of child neglect.

Understanding domestic partnerships

Domestic partnerships are a form of legal agreement that can help you protect yourself, your assets and any minor children should a long-term relationship end, but they are not the same thing as a civil union or marriage. While many people see domestic partnerships as a way for same-sex partners to protect themselves in lieu of a civil union, these agreements can also be a good idea for any couple who wants to live together long-term without getting married.

There are any number of reasons you might choose to enter a domestic partnership without getting married. You might have a history with a previous marriage that leaves you very wary to enter such a union or you might be unable to enter into a traditional marriage. You might simply not agree with the idea of traditional marriage, but that doesn't mean you want to give up your rights or legal protection.

Is staying together for the kids actually good advice?

You've probably read it, heard people say it, or seen references to it in popular songs: You should stay together for your children. If you and your spouse are unhappy, but you have kids, you should just tough it out. Is this actually good advice?

On one hand, divorce can be very tough on kids. They can be stressed out, they may not understand why it's happening, and they may not want you to split up. They liked the family unit the way that it was, and they want it to stay together.

Do Grandparents Have Rights In Colorado?

At The Offices of Keane Law, LLC, many grandparents come to us with questions regarding their rights to access to their grandchildren. Although the circumstances of each case vary, in general, Colorado affords grandparents certain rights to time with their grandchildren.

If you're a grandparent, that's the good news. You live in a state that values the relationship established between a grandparent and a grandchild. The law even supports your right to petition the court for visitation. However, your rights are not absolute, and the parents of your grandchild may be able to effectively oppose your visitation rights for a variety of reasons.

Learn about Colorado child custody matters

Being an active part of your child's life is an important point of any parent's life. When a child's two parents aren't in a relationship any longer, that can prove to be very challenging. One way that parents can ensure they have an important role in their child's life is through the child custody agreement.

In Colorado, parents must make decisions about decision making, parental responsibility and parenting time. This is because Colorado doesn't use the blanket terms of visitation and child custody any longer. We know that this might make it seem like coming to terms with a custody agreement will be difficult. We can help you to learn about the terms and what they mean so that you can be ready to get the agreement hashed out when the time comes.

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