Adopting a child can be the happiest time in a couple's life. Sadly, even finalization of the adoption doesn't always end matters. There can be circumstances under which either of the biological child's parents can step in and dispute issues of child custody. Colorado parents who are considering adoption or who are in the process of adopting a child should know what their rights through each step of the process.
Coming to agreement on child custody can be one of the most contentious parts of a divorce. Colorado parents may have differing ideas as to what custody arrangements would serve the best interests of their children. If they cannot come to an agreement through negotiation, it could be up to the judge handling the divorce case to determine child custody arrangements.
For Denver-area parents who marry someone from another country, custody battles can get tricky. The laws of various countries, sometimes in conflict, can be confusing. Even Supreme Court justices may be challenged with how to interpret child custody laws that relate to international custody cases, as one parent recently found out.
A child custody dispute is often one of the most acrimonious issues in Colorado family law. The following story illustrates how some people may take advantage of the strong emotions that surface around child custody issues.
Divorce has considerable legal ramifications for the parties involved, but when two parents decide to separate, the change also has obvious consequences for their children. Denver-area residents will be interested to learn about new research into the process of sharing child custody after parents divorce and how to handle issues in the best interests of the children.
Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes lead to negative consequences in a marriage. In fact, errors in spousal judgment lead many Colorado couples to separate and eventually divorce. Such was the case for actor and former Californian governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose affair with the family's housekeeper provoked his wife Maria Shriver to file for divorce.
In any child custody dispute, the best interests of the child are the primary concern, and a judge will rule on the case with those interests in mind. However, such issues can also be decided upon outside of court if the parents can come to an agreement. In either situation, it is a good idea for parents to seek legal help to protect their own rights as well as their children's.
In family law cases, exactly who is the father of a child is sometimes unclear in the beginning. Potential fathers must sometimes undergo a paternity test to begin the process of obtaining visitation or custody rights. Without those rights, taking a child without legal custody can warrant a criminal charge of child abduction.
Co-parenting after a divorce can be challenging, especially if an ex-spouse is not being cooperative or if there are parenting time issues in dispute. However, there are certain ways to go about getting the attention of an intractable co-parent, but posting a fake obituary about the death of the child is probably not the best way to go.
The definition of a family is evolving. The nuclear family of yesteryear consisting of mom, dad, two kids and a dog has given way to more complex family structures. A Denver County family today is just as likely to consist of any combination of moms, dads, stepmoms, stepdads and children.