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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: CPS is involved with my sister’s children. My sister wants to sign custody of her children over to me. Can she do that ?

The youngest child’s father is not involved and never has been and doesn’t want anything to do with his son. The older two children’s Father also will sign custody over to me.

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answered on Jun 8, 2024

In situations involving Child Protective Services (CPS), the process of transferring custody can be complex. While your sister and the children's fathers may agree to grant you custody, the final decision will likely involve CPS and the court system. Here are a few important points to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex listed the wrong name of our child and the judge invoked jurisdiction based on the residence of child listed.
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answered on May 14, 2024

Good Afternoon,

From the substance of your question, it looks like you are involved in a legal proceeding concerning your child. Issues related to jurisdiction concerning children are often nuanced. I suggest that you consult with an attorney in the state where the case is at now in order...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: My ex took me to court and claimed I had a drug problem, proved her wrong through UA's. She was made sole decision maker

And has our daughters 80 percent of the time. Their mother got a boyfriend who has a known drug problem and sold drugs. He has been to rehab three times and is around my children 80 percent of the time. How do I go about taking her back to court to prove that the girls aren't in a safe... View More

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

It sounds like you are looking to restrict Mother's parenting time due to the situation with her boyfriend. If so, then you would need to file a motion describing what is occurring. In other words, your motion would have to contain facts and information that the children are in imminent... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: I was ordered in custody court to take weekly random UA’s and have the results reported to my co-parent…

My co-parent and I were never legally married, and he was in fact, just recently released from parole. He hasn’t given one UA, nor provided results of any of his UA’s to the courts while I have submitted at least 42 clean ones. I feel violated being ordered to now take weekly random UA’s and... View More

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answered on Dec 30, 2023

If you were ordered to take weekly UAs, it was for the safety of your clild. Congratulations on having clean UAs. The best thing that you can do is continue having them. If you do, when the court is satisfied as to the safety of the child, then the court will modify the order requiring that you... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: Can my daughter's father prevent me from going to nursing school and getting my BSN?

My daughter's father and I have 50/50 joint custody. I will get my associates in April in pre nursing. I told him I'm applying to schools right now for my BSN. In order to get my BSN, I need to travel to complete clinicals out of state as there are no local clinical locations. I asked if... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Dec 29, 2023

Without knowing the specifics of where this other school is, what you're proposed schedule is, and how much it disruption this will be in the child's life, It is impossible to actually answer this question. You have expressed your question as to what your daughter's father will... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: In Colorado, can the JDF208 request for state pay for a professional be hidden from opposing party during e-filing?

If so, what document upload category in the e-file system would hide it from opposing party? I know it will be hidden from public view, but I don't want opposing party to see my financials.

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answered on Dec 17, 2023

There is no way to file a document without the name of the document being visible in the docket. Court filings are public records so there are no secret filings that only the court can see. You can request to seal a document, however because the actual application for state payment is not visible... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Can my 15 year old transgender sibling choose to live with me without me having to fight my dad for custody?

My dad is extremely LDS and does not give my autistic sibling freedom to explore their gender or sexuality. I'm worried about how this affects their mental health. I live in Colorado and he lives with my siblings in Idaho. My sibling has expressed before that they want to live with me. Do I... View More

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answered on Nov 6, 2023

While I do not know the laws in ID, I would think that if your sister is a minor and has not otherwise been legally emancipated, then your father remains her legal guardian and can make decisions on her behalf including where she lives.

That being said, if there is clear physical or mental...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Am i able to get custody of my step son?

My step son was born in mexico mom has not been involed in his lfe for a little over 2 yrs i am married to his bio father

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answered on Oct 27, 2023

To seek custody of your stepson, being married to his biological father can potentially support your case. However, several factors need consideration. Since the child was born in Mexico and if his mother is not involved in his life, custody issues may involve complex international legal aspects,... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Am i able to get custody of my step son?

My step son was born in mexico mom has not been involed in his lfe for a little over 2 yrs i am married to his bio father

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answered on Oct 27, 2023

If biological Mother has abandoned the child then you can apply for stepparent adoption. Biological Mother must be informed of the action and receive the opportunity to be heard. If she consents then the process is much easier than if she contests. In my experience biological parents who have not... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Health Care Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I request food logs from my wife’s lawyer concerning my daughter’s metabolic disease PKU her levels continue to rise

Oh haven’t seen my daughter in 210 days because my wife is manipulating the system in order to have sole custody and decision making. In those 210 days my daughters lab results have been consistently rising and it’s causing concern. Just wondering my options. I can’t afford an attorney but... View More

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answered on Sep 30, 2023

You would be better off attempting to obtain medical records rather than attempting to make a medical determination yourself. The records are protected by HIPPA, however as a parent you are entitled to the medical records of your child which you can obtain from the medical facility itself.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Health Care Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I request food logs from my wife’s lawyer concerning my daughter’s metabolic disease PKU her levels continue to rise

Oh haven’t seen my daughter in 210 days because my wife is manipulating the system in order to have sole custody and decision making. In those 210 days my daughters lab results have been consistently rising and it’s causing concern. Just wondering my options. I can’t afford an attorney but... View More

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answered on Oct 13, 2023

You ask an excellent question!

To give you a direct response to the question of whether you can request food logs from your wife's attorney, yes, you are more than welcome to send opposing counsel a request for the logs. However, that does not necessarily mean that they have to respond...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and International Law for Colorado on
Q: Does my ex-husband have a chance

Our son is 11 Sep 26 and we reside in CO with me, where the original agreement was established. I have the majority as I can make all major decisions. He pays child support when he feels like it. He owes 28k+

He resides in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is looking to BAN him from the middle east... View More

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answered on Sep 11, 2023

I understand your concerns and the complex situation you're facing with your ex-husband. It's crucial to prioritize the safety and well-being of your son while considering any changes to your current custody arrangement. Here's how you might approach this matter:

Consult with...
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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and International Law for Colorado on
Q: Does my ex-husband have a chance

He resides in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is looking to BAN him from the middle east for stealing money.

He recently got a lawyer asking that our son come to visit for 3/4 months with him. Current agreement is 6 days a month as he was in the US at the time.Our son is remote learning in a US... View More

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answered on Sep 5, 2023

If he files a motion for modification or an initial petition for parenting time, you can provide relevant evidence in response, whether it relates to safety concerns or financial matters. Courts do generally want both parents to have contact with children, however absent abuse or neglect.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and International Law for Colorado on
Q: Does my ex-husband have a chance

He resides in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is looking to BAN him from the middle east for stealing money.

He recently got a lawyer asking that our son come to visit for 3/4 months with him. Current agreement is 6 days a month as he was in the US at the time.Our son is remote learning in a US... View More

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answered on Sep 11, 2023

I understand your concerns and the complex situation you're facing with your ex-husband. It's crucial to prioritize the safety and well-being of your son while considering any changes to your current custody arrangement. Here's how you might approach this matter:

Consult with...
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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and International Law for Colorado on
Q: Does my ex-husband have a chance

He resides in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is looking to BAN him from the middle east for stealing money.

He recently got a lawyer asking that our son come to visit for 3/4 months with him. Current agreement is 6 days a month as he was in the US at the time.Our son is remote learning in a US... View More

Hassan Hussein Elkhalil
Hassan Hussein Elkhalil
answered on Sep 5, 2023

Hello,

You are missing some more facts for an adequate answer. You did not mention where do you and the child reside? How old is the child and who has legal custody? Does your ex-husband pay child support? If your husband, will be, banned from Saudi Arabia and or UAE, where will your son...
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Q: Can I ask my husband to get mental health treatment as part of custody mediation in Colorado?

He has been charged with domestic violence in the past and had a history of problematic behavior. Most recently he has kept our oldest child (12) with him for 6 weeks straight, when previously I had the kids weekdays and he had then weekends. We do not have a custody agreement, we've been... View More

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answered on Aug 7, 2023

Good Morning,

Your question and the related details raise several red flags for me and I highly suggest that you consult with a qualified domestic relations attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado. When it comes to domestic violence and the allocation of parental...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I ask to continue Homeschooling and get child support in divorce mediation? (Colorado)

If my spouse agrees to pay child support/spousal maintenance while I get established in part time work, can this be part of a mediation agreement?

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answered on Aug 7, 2023

Good Morning,

You ask a great question! Generally speaking, parties to cases in domestic relations can be quite creative when it comes to creating terms in an agreement reached at mediation (or even outside mediation). Child support should be approved by a judge (in Colorado it is a right...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: If parents of a 14yr old are separated in the state of CO, no custody agreement yet,who makes decisions of the child?

14yr old is staying at aunts due to leniency, what is the law in Colorado where child stays?

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answered on Aug 3, 2023

In the state of Colorado, if the parents of a 14-year-old child are separated and there is no custody agreement in place, both parents generally have equal rights to make decisions regarding the child. In the absence of a court order or custody agreement, both parents have legal custody, which... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: How much do I have to do for cps

So we just had a child and on the 2nd day cps said they got a call about possible drug use so we had them come to our hone do a visit then since the allegations were about drugs we both gave them clean uas now they want more I'm telling my wife to tell them no but she is so uptight she things... View More

Rebecca Pescador
Rebecca Pescador
answered on Aug 2, 2023

Get legal counsel to represent you and do it quickly. CPS has a great deal of power and they could potentially come and remove the child if the allege a danger to the child. Often, a little cooperation can get you through this without serious legal proceedings. Your wife is not wrong in that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Colorado on
Q: Is a co-petitioner response considered if the stipulation was signed by both parties, approved and ordered by the court?

Colorado: I filed a Stipulation to Relocate Minor Children with the court, it was signed by both parties, approved and ordered by the judge. My ex then decided after the fact, to file the "response" fighting the stipulation that he himself had already signed. His response is also full of... View More

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Craig Valentine
answered on Aug 2, 2023

A Stipulation to Relocate Minor Children is a legal agreement between the parties that outlines the terms of the relocation and is signed by both parties before being presented to the court for approval.

Once the stipulation is signed by both parties and approved by the court, it becomes a...
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