As life changes, child custody orders may no longer fit your needs or circumstances. When this occurs, seeking a child custody modification can be necessary to officially change court orders related to parenting time and/or decision-making responsibilities. That can be central to protecting what matters most – the wellbeing of your child(ren), as well as your time and relationship with your child(ren).
A Fort Collins child custody & family lawyer at the Cossitt Law Firm, LLC is ready to meet with you, discuss your needs and explain how you can protect your interests as you move forward with a child custody modification.
Meanwhile, please explore the following for helpful information regarding child custody modifications in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Modifying child custody orders can be necessary if or when either parent:
Here, it’s important to note that:
The child custody modification forms1 that need to be completed and filed with the court will vary, according to whether:
A child custody attorney at the Cossitt Law Firm, LLC can provide you with more insight regarding the forms (and other requirements) necessary for your modification request, based on your situation, needs and goals.
Whether child support will be modified when child custody orders are modified largely depends on whether the modification will substantially change the division of parenting time. For instance, if the modification will shift parenting time from a 50-50 split to a 75-25 split, child support may be modified to reflect this change.
Again, a Fort Collins family lawyer at the Cossitt Law Firm, LLC can provide more specific answers regarding whether your child custody modification could (or should) involve modifications to child support awards.
In general, modification requests that will change who a child primarily lives with can only be pursued every two years unless the present arrangement presents a threat to a child’s physical or psychological wellbeing or development. It may be possible to pursue other types of custody modifications more frequently.
If you are preparing to modify child custody orders – or if you need help resolving any custody issue, contact an experienced Fort Collins custody & family lawyer at the Cossitt Law Firm, LLC to find out more about your rights and options.
Call (970) 488-1887 or email our firm to set up a no obligations consultation with us and discover how we can help you. We provide consultations via phone and Skype for those who cannot visit our offices for this meeting.
At the Cossitt Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys are committed to vigorously advocating our clients’ rights as we help them achieve their long-term goals. We are ready to partner with you, devise custom and practical solutions to fit your needs and help you resolve your child custody issues as favorably as possible.
From offices in Fort Collins, we represent clients throughout Larimer County and the state of Colorado.
1: Downloadable child custody modification forms from the Colorado Judicial Branch
Colorado offers a method for immediate relief when a child is at imminent risk of physical or emotional harm by a parent. The court can act immediately to suspend all unsupervised with the parent allegedly putting the child at risk and place them under emergency child custody with a legal guardian.
Formerly known as child visitation, Parenting Time outlines the schedule and conditions under which each parent may see their children
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