Colorado courts support and advocate for child custody agreements that put the child first. This includes providing a safe and supportive living arrangement with reasonable visitation time for both parents. So it should come as no surprise that making major disruptive changes is frowned upon by the courts. There are times, however, when it becomes necessary to make modifications to an existing child custody agreement. When this occurs, it is imperative to retain the services of an experienced Colorado Springs child custody lawyer. Your parenting rights – and your child’s future – may depend on it.
Steps to Take for Child Custody Modification
Modification of custody or decision-making responsibility can be requested by the custodial or noncustodial parent. Before you file a motion to modify your existing child custody agreement, there are a few factors you need to consider.
- The Child’s Best Interest – The courts will only consider a child custody change if it can be established that it is in the child’s best interest.
- There’s a Waiting Period– The courts will only allow changes to a child custody agreement every two years. You must wait until this time limit has passed before seeking another modification. There are exceptions to this rule, however. If you believe that your child is in danger or could be harmed, the court may allow you to file for modification.
- Three Separate Filings– You must file separate modifications for child custody, decision-making responsibilities, and parenting time.
- You and Your Ex Agree– If you and your ex are in agreement on the child custody modifications, then you can file a stipulation to ask the courts to modify your existing responsibilities.
- You and Your Ex Do Not Agree– If you and your ex do not agree on the new modifications to your child custody, you must file a motion to modify with the courts.
Child custody battles can be contentious and without an experienced divorce lawyer on your side, your parenting rights could be in jeopardy. Your attorney can protect your rights, and help safeguard your family’s future.
Contact Our Colorado Springs Child Custody Lawyers Today
At Kinnaird & Kinnaird, P.C., our Colorado Springs child custody lawyers have represented divorcing couples and families in Colorado Springs for over 30 years. We can help you craft a child custody agreement that is not only in the best interests of your child, but also protects your parenting rights. If you are seeking to modify your existing child custody agreement, it is important to understand the difficulties you may face. We know that your family is important to you and will work tirelessly to protect you and your child every step of the way. Please contact us today at 719-520-0003 to schedule a free consultation. We are here to help you through all of life’s obstacles.