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  • Jessica Peck
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    Jessica K. Peck, Attorney at Law, LLC
    One Cherry Creek, 501 South Cherry Street, Suite 1100, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 41 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10  
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    Full range of services, from non-contested planning to emergency/hostile hearings and appeals.

    Practice area
    30% Child custody, 30% Divorce and separation, 15% Juvenile law, and more.

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    CO, Active since 2009

  • Halleh Omidi
    Hogan Omidi, PC
    3773 Cherry Creek North Dr Ste 950, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 79 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10  
    Licensed
    We Wrote The Book On Colorado Family Law!

    Practice area
    25% Child custody, 25% Divorce and separation, 25% Child support, and more.

    Cost
    Hourly Rates, $300-$300/hourRetainer Some attorneys require an upfront payment to secure their services before they begin their work Always

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    CO, Active since 2011

  • Anthony Zarsky
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    Burnham Law
    50 S Steele St., Unit 805, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 3 reviews
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    Attorney Anthony J. Zarsky is a Senior Associate Attorney with Burnham Law in Denver, Colorado. Representing the rights and interests of clients throughout the greater Denver Metro and all across the state, Mr. Zarsky focuses his practice solely o...

    Practice area
    40% Child custody, 40% Divorce and separation, 10% Domestic violence, and more.

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    Hourly Rates, $345-$345/hour

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    CO, Active since 2017

  • Danielle Davis
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    The Burnham Law Firm, P.C.
    50 South Steele Street, Suite 805, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 36 reviews
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    Passionate, strategic, and empathetic advocacy for you and your children. Call now!

    Practice area
    25% Child custody, 25% Divorce and separation, 20% Child support, and more.

    Cost
    Hourly Rates, $340-$340/hour

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    CO, Active since 2014

  • Katie Ahles
    Woody Law Firm, LLC
    140 East 19th Avenue, Suite 600, Denver, CO
    4.5 stars 8 reviews
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    Katie practices exclusively in family law, to include dissolution of marriage actions, post-decree modification of parental responsibility cases, child support actions, and relocation matters. Katie is also trained in collaborative law. Katie beg...
  • Brenda Storey
    The Law Offices of Brenda L. Storey, P.C.
    4582 S. Ulster Street Parkway, Suite 1210, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 38 reviews
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    You cannot risk not getting parenting orders right the first time!
  • Todd Burnham
    Burnham Law - Cherry Creek
    50 S. Steele Street, Suite 805, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 73 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10  
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    Strategic, Aggressive & Effective Child Custody Litigator. SuperLawyer and Top 1% selection.
  • Kama Sarkissian
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    Mcconaughy & Sarkissian PC
    4725 S. Monaco Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 15 reviews
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    Kama McConaughy Sarkissian focuses her practice in all areas of family law. Ms. McConaughy Sarkissian has an extensive background in complex litigation, settlement negotiations, and appeals, having represented clients throughout the state of Color...

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    20% Child custody, 40% Divorce and separation, 30% Family, and more.

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    Free Consultation
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    30 minutes

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    CO, Active since 1997

  • Mechelle Faulk
    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
    1144 15th Street, Suite 3400, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 16 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10  
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    Award-Winning, Smart, Solution-Driven Attorney for Divorce, Child-Related or Family Law matters.
  • Todd Narum
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    Peak Legal Services LLC
    600 Grant Street Suite 206, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 24 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 9.8  
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    20+ Years Experience in Custody & Family Law. Here to Listen and Help You. Representing Clients in WY & CO.

    Practice area
    20% Child custody, 30% Family, 30% Divorce and separation, and more.

    Cost
    Hourly Rates, $325-$375/hour

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    CO, Active since 2001

  • Heather Coleman
    Gebhardt Emerson Moodie Bonanno LLC
    650 South Cherry Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 15 reviews
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    Experienced and trusted family law attorney. Call for a free consultation.
  • Gavin Halligan
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    Halligan LLC
    2535 17th Street, Suite C, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 21 reviews
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    Experienced and Compassionate Family Law Attorney Ready to Fight For Your And Your Family.

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    10% Child custody, 50% Divorce and separation, 20% Family, and more.

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    Free Consultation
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    30 minutes

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    CO, Active since 2012

  • Laura Shapiro
    Law Offices of Laura E. Shapiro
    8751 E. Hampden Ave, Suite B-5, Denver, CO
    4.5 stars 21 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10  
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    When it comes to child custody things can get contentious. Let us guide you through this process.
  • Danae Woody
    140 E. 19th Ave., STE 600, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 8 reviews
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    Excellent Representation to Fit Every Family's Needs. Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation Now.
  • Samera Habib
    The Dadvocates
    469 S Cherry St, Suite 201, Denver, CO
    4.5 stars 30 reviews
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    Samera I. Habib is a well respected Colorado attorney who leads her own law firm. She brings dedication, ingenuity, and leadership to the firm. As someone who herself has gone through a divorce and grappled with issues of child custody, Samera has...
  • Sara Scott
    Sara S. Scott LLC
    1888 Sherman Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 7 reviews
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    Sara Scott is an experienced attorney representing individuals, heterosexual and same-sex, in a wide spectrum of family law matters, from trial to the appellate level, in adoption, custody, divorce, and assisted reproductive technology.  She is a ...
  • Adam Moore
    Adam W.G. Moore, LLC
    600 17th Street, Suite 2800 South, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 16 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 8.9  
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    No Frills, No Nonsense. Just Strong, Solid, Legal Representation; Free Consultations.
  • John Eckelberry
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    Eckelberry Law Firm, LLC
    1888 N. Sherman Street, Suite 350, Denver, CO
    4.5 stars 8 reviews
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    I have been providing personal and financial "fresh strarts" to my clients for more than 20 years.

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    20% Child custody, 35% Bankruptcy and debt, 20% Family, and more.

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    30 minutesHourly Rates, $290-$350/hourRetainer Some attorneys require an upfront payment to secure their services before they begin their work Sometimes

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    CO, Active since 1998

  • Myles Johnson
    Johnson Law Group, LLC
    3773 Cherry Creek N. Drive, Suite 575, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 13 reviews
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    An avid chess player, Myles focuses his practice on family law matters — including divorce, separation, child custody, and child support — and mediation. Myles is a graduate of the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado...
  • Elizabeth Bonanno
    Gebhardt Emerson Moodie Bonanno, LLC (GEM Family Law)
    650 S. Cherry St., Suite 500, Denver, CO
    5.0 stars 4 reviews
    Avvo Rating: 10  
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    Elizabeth practices exclusively in family law, having served hundreds of clients during her tenure with their divorces, parenting, and child support cases. Elizabeth’s family law practice has focused on asset and business valuation, income valuati...

CHILD CUSTODY IN DENVER

If you’re going through a divorce with children, you’ll need to determine where and with whom your children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. If you as parents can’t agree on child custody, a judge will decide for you. Continue reading to learn more about the process and costs of child custody cases in Denver and Colorado.

Types of Child Custody

Legal Custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make major decisions about a child's welfare, health, and education, including:

-where a child will go to school

-whether a child will engage in religious activities, and

-whether a child should receive medical care (except in emergency situations).

Joint vs. Sole Legal Custody. Legal custody can be shared (joint) or sole. In Colorado, joint legal custody means that both parents share in the right and responsibility to make decisions relating to the health, education, and welfare of a child. Joint legal custody is very common in Colorado. The fact that parents share joint legal custody, however, doesn’t mean they will share joint physical custody.

Sole legal custody means that only one parent has the right to make all major decisions relating to the child and can do so without the other parent's input. The fact that a parent has sole legal custody doesn’t mean that parent will also have sole physical custody.

Physical Custody. Physical custody refers to where a child will live after a divorce or separation. The parent with physical custody has the right to have the child physically present in the home. If a child lives exclusively or primarily with one parent, that parent is usually referred to as the custodial parent, while the other is the noncustodial parent and typically has visitation rights.

Joint vs. Sole Physical Custody. Joint physical custody means that both parents have significant periods of physical custody. If a child's time is divided equally—or close to equally—between the parents, they are sharing joint physical custody.

Sole physical custody means a child resides with one parent, subject to the court's authority to order visitation time with the other.

How Is Child Custody Determined?

In Colorado, judges decide custody according to what is in the best interest of the child. To decide a child’s best interests, the court will consider many factors, including:

-the parent’s wishes

-the child’s wishes, with due consideration given to the influence a parent may have over the child’s wishes

-the relationship between the child and each parent, siblings, and any other person who may affect the child’s best interests

-the child’s adjustment and continuing proximity to home, school, and community;

-the mental and physical health of all individuals involved;

-any history of domestic violence against the other parent or the child, and

-the likelihood one parent will allow frequent, meaningful, and continuing contact with the other.

Legal Custody. Parents usually share joint legal custody, unless one of the following is true:

-the parents are completely unable to make decisions together

-one parent is deemed unfit

-one parent is incapable of making decisions regarding the welfare of the child, or

-it would be in the child’s best interests for only one parent to have sole legal custody.

Physical Custody. When deciding physical custody, courts will need to determine the child's best interests. In most cases, courts strive for equal—or close to equal—parenting time. In other cases, sole physical custody, with or without visitation to the other parent, may be appropriate. For example, if a parent has a history of domestic violence or abuse, courts may order that all visits with the child be supervised by an approved third party.

What Goes Into a Custody Agreement?

In Colorado, a custody agreement is referred to as a parenting plan. Generally, a parenting plan should cover physical custody and include a detailed schedule for when the child will be with each parent, including:

-where the child will be for holidays, summer vacations, and special days like birthdays

-how the child will get from one parent to the other (transitions), and

-who will pay the costs of transportation.

Your agreement should also cover legal custody and how you will make decisions about your child’s health, education, and welfare including:

-daycare and/or which school(s) the child will attend

-whether the child will practice a certain religion, and

-how decisions about medical and dental care will be made.

If you have questions, speak to a local child custody attorney for advice.

The Average Cost of Child Custody Case in Colorado

Each family is unique, and each custody case presents its own specific circumstances which will play a major role in how long a custody case will take and how much it might cost. When parents agree on all of their custody issues, the total cost will be on the lower end. If parents can’t agree or have a prolonged custody dispute in court, the total cost will be significantly higher.

While we don’t have specific data on the cost of a custody case in Colorado, we do know that in one survey, readers who had disagreements over child support and/or custody paid an average of $15,500 in total costs—including $13,500 in attorney’s fees and $2,000 in other costs.

Attorney’s fees represent the largest chunk of divorce cost. Because attorneys in the Denver area charge higher hourly rates than other areas of Colorado, custody cases in Denver will likely cost more than in other parts of the state.

For more on child custody in Colorado, and questions asked in Denver, see our free legal advice page.

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