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Child Custody Lawyer in Parker Protects Your Parental Rights

Helping parents maintain strong bonds with their children

When considering custody issues, the court focuses on the interests of your child. The law firm of Jeffrey R. Edelman, P.C. makes sure the court understands how your child will benefit when you fully exercise your parental rights. Whether you are going through a divorce or are an unmarried parent, we help you protect those rights that are so important to you and your child.

How does the court determine the division of parental responsibilities?

Colorado courts now use the phrase “parental responsibilities” instead of the term “custody.” Parental responsibilities include parenting time (visitation) and decision-making authority (regarding education, healthcare and religion, for example). The court assigns parental responsibilities based on the best interests of the child. The judge considers many factors, including the age of the child and prior parental involvement. In many cases, major decision-making responsibilities are granted to both parents, and the parent with whom the child lives makes the day-to-day decisions.

What happens if a parent doesn’t follow the parenting plan?

In Colorado, the court can appoint a parenting coordinator and decision-maker to help the parties during any stalemate. If the parents fail to abide by their parenting plan. The coordinator helps the parents communicate with each other. If you run into problems with a parenting plan, put us to work. Our goal is to get your problem resolved as swiftly as possible, so you can develop a positive parenting routine for your children.

Do I have parental rights if I am not married to my child’s mother?

Unmarried fathers generally have the same rights and responsibilities as divorced fathers, so long as the unwed father establishes paternity with the state. This is often done voluntarily, if both parents sign an affidavit confirming paternity. If one parent doesn’t cooperate, paternity can be established through the court system through DNA tests which are now virtually 100% accurate.

Once paternity is established, the father has the same parental rights and responsibilities as a divorced father, including custody. Whether you wish to establish paternity or prove that you are not the father, our legal team guides you through the process.

Let our Colorado child custody lawyer work for you

Divorce can be a challenge for everyone including parents, children, grandparents, family and friends.

Whether you need lawyers for special needs children, or help getting more visitation time, the law firm of Jeffrey R. Edelman, P.C. protects your parental rights. Our offices are at 19201 E. Main St. in Parker, with free parking available. Contact us at 720-588-9384 or online for a free consultation.

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  • Jeffrey R. Edelman, PC
    19201 E. Mainstreet
    Parker, Colorado 80134
    Phone: 720-851-8440
    Fax: 720-851-5874
  • "Going through the Court process is hard enough, but to find a good lawyer is another. Mr.Edelman and his team are a step beyond that. They care and are invested in the client's interests and the outcome. Mr. Edelman's heart felt approach to my emotional situation was more than I could have asked for and how quickly he obtained results was even greater. Mr. Edelman and his staff made me feel like I had a partner in an uncertain time. I will never forget what Mr. Edelman and his staff have done for me and my family and I could have never done it without them. With all of my heart, I thank you."  --Randi L.

  • "Going through a divorce is difficult enough and I do not know what I would have done without Jeff's assistance. At all times, Jeff was professional, understanding and took a heartfelt approach to my situation."  --Phyllis B.

  • "Wow!. I think you guys are superstars. I think I started one of my early replies to you with a Wow!. and it has not changed since that time. You have conducted my business with complete professionalism since we started. And, I am the proud recipient of all your efforts. Sometimes, I had a hard time waiting for the next activity to begin or end, but I knew if I could only be a little bit patient, It would come about, and now it has.I am very lucky to get hooked up with you and I am very appreciative of the fact that the entire business was conducted in a real short time period and I sincerely thank you both for your interest in getting the job done. Thanks again for getting me out of that mess."  --Don (Lubbock, TX)

  • "Jeff Edelman and his staff were so understanding and sympathetic towards my whole family when I was going through such a difficult situation. Jeff and his staff became part of my family and I have kept ties with them after the hard moment in my life. Jeff, "the big guy" as I called him, has advised me and looked out for the best interests of my children and me. Jeff fought for me not only as a client, but as a friend. Jeff and his wonderful team are passionate and just."  --E. Dominguez

  • "Jeff went the extra mile in helping a significantly disabled child obtain the necessary state funded medical care that he needed. Throughout that process, Jeff was compassionate, generous, and was successful."  --E.H

  • "I am a 37 year-experienced Colorado attorney. I have known Jeff Edelman throughout. Unequivocally Jeff is a highly-skilled aggressive and ethical attorney that I would not hesitate to retain should the need ever arise."  --Bill King