We Helped a Father Get Primary Custody

March 26, 2021 | Bill Henry

Dads’ rights are equal to moms’ rights, in Colorado – meaning both parents have an equal opportunity to raise their child. Colorado family court judges presume it is in the child’s best interest to have both parents in his or her life.

Keep reading, or watch the video below, to learn how family law attorney Dan Chandler helped a father gain primary custody of his child.

Our Family Law Team knows custody and divorce cases are extremely difficult for everyone involved. Dan’s message to you is to not lose hope.

Let’s Talk Dads’ Rights

Dads often think they’re at a disadvantage when it comes to getting equal or primary parenting time and parental decision-making responsibilities. If you’re a father who has considered pursuing more custody of your child, but you are not sure if you have a leg to stand on, call us so we can discuss Colorado dads’ rights.

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In divorce, and matters related to children, oftentimes, people feel like the first time they go to court and the order is against them, or they feel like the court has decided contrary to what they wanted, that that’s the end of the road for them. I’m here to tell you that it’s not.
— Dan Chandler, Family Law Attorney

Dad Prevails in Custody Case

Family Law Attorney Dan Chandler recently helped a father go from essentially zero custody to primary custody.

Facts of the Case

During the original divorce case, dad didn’t get a lawyer. He was in the military and lived outside the U.S. when the divorce occurred. The judge ordered dad to pay child support. Mom received 100% custody.

Following his duty overseas, dad set out to get some parenting time with his child.

He and his ex created an informal parenting time arrangement. Because of its informality, though, mom denied dad time with his child whenever she saw fit, for instance, after she and dad had a dispute.

Sometime later, mom asked the court to move the child out of the state. Mom was getting re-married.

Relocation with Children is a Significant Issue

As always, the courts look to what’s in the best interest of the child. But when it comes to a divorced parent wanting to relocate with a child, Colorado family courts have additional considerations, such as:

  • why the requesting parent wants to move
  • why the other parent does not want the child to move out of state
  • the relationships the child has in state and in the new location

The Outcome

In a nutshell, Dan took his client’s case to court and argued that dad should be awarded primary parenting time.

Despite dad’s previously not being formally awarded parenting time, the court was convinced by Dan’s and his client’s argument: that it was in the young child’s best interest to remain in Colorado while mom moves out of state.

Dad will continue his parenting time here in Colorado. Mom received, essentially, summertime parenting.

Fight for Your Parental Rights

Just because a court’s initial ruling is not in your favor or necessarily what you had hoped for does not mean circumstances will never change.

Our family law attorneys have helped many parents realize their custody wishes.

Talk with a Dads’ Rights Attorney

Remember, dads’ rights are equally as important. We can help you reach your parenting time goals so you ensure you and your children can continue your relationship. It’s in their best interest.

Call 303-688-0944 to set up a free initial assessment with one of our compassionate family law attorneys. You can also schedule that meeting when you click here.

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