Child Custody & Parenting Time

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Your relationship with your child is important and Lunt, Smith & Associates, LLP, can help you protect it when divorce and legal issues threaten it. Based in Fort Collins, our comprehensive family law firm represents mothers and fathers in all child custody matters.

“Barb, your help in managing the most important part of my life – my relationship with my daughter – has been crucial. I came to regard you as more than my attorney: you have been a good ally and a good ethical compass when I most needed one. The money I have paid does not come close to adequately expressing my gratitude.” – D.K., satisfied client

What Is Parental Responsibility?

Parenting roles are often referred to as “custody,” but this term is not used in Colorado. The state uses “parental responsibility” for determining parenting and time and decision-making responsibilities. It is important to know that while these phrases are often used interchangeably, “parental responsibility” is the term adopted by the state.

Helping You Protect Your Important Relationship With Your Child

For more than two decades, founder and managing lawyer Barbara L. Ornelas has helped Colorado residents vigorously protect their parent and nonbiological parent rights.

In Colorado, one or both parents may be awarded decision-making authority – parental responsibility – as well as physical care (custody) of their child. There is a preference in Colorado law for joint parental responsibility and decision-making, which means that both parents make major life decisions about their children together. Those decisions may revolve around such subjects as education, medical care and religion.

Like with decision-making, the decision regarding what time each parent will have with the child for parenting time hinges on the best interests of the child.

When you consult Lunt, Smith & Associates, LLP, our Fort Collins child custody attorneys will work with you to learn about your circumstances and help you understand how state laws will apply to your case and how those laws may impact your child.

Our goal is to help you create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of your child and agreeable to both parents. By helping clients, Barbara L. Ornelas has found that parties who are able to work together are often able to create plans that are satisfying for everyone. We understand that not every case can be amicably resolved, however. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial, when necessary.

Are you seeking to modify your child custody and parenting time agreement? Lunt, Smith & Associates, LLP, can assist you with your modifications, as well as enforcement and contempt matters. Please contact our firm today to learn more.

Contact Lunt, Smith & Associates, LLP

We invite you to contact Lunt, Smith & Associates, LLP, today at 970-286-0577. Our law office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. Our firm accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards. Translation services are available in Spanish, Portuguese and Polish.

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