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Grand Junction Child Custody Attorneys

Experienced, Compassionate Counsel

Child custody issues are often the most emotional and contentious part of a divorce. At Younge & Hockensmith, P.C., we are sensitive to the complex family relationships that are involved when determining a child custody arrangement and parenting plan. Our goal is to help parents devise positive, workable custody agreements that provide the whole family with a sense of stability and peace.

Backed by more than 120 years of experience, our attorneys are often able to resolve child custody matters through out-of-court negotiation. Our experience has taught us, however, that not all custody matters can be settled without court intervention. If the opposing party in your case refuses to behave reasonably, we are fully prepared to go to trial to protect your parental rights and the best interests of your children. We are highly experienced trial lawyers with a record of achievement in the courtroom.

Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled Grand Junction child custody lawyers. We serve clients throughout western Colorado.

Protecting Your Parental Rights

Some people are under the impression that women have an advantage in custody issues, especially when it comes to younger children. To the contrary law specifically prohibits courts from taking a parent's gender into consideration when determining custody.

Rather than giving sole custody of a child to one parent courts favor arrangements that allow both mothers and fathers to spend a substantial amount of time parenting their children (unless such an arrangement is not in the child's best interests). Typically, one parent is designated the primary residential parent and the other person receives ample parenting time.

Modifications And Enforcement

Sometimes, modifications to agreements regarding parenting time and parental decision-making authority are necessary because there has been a change in living situation, the child's needs have changed, or his or her safety is endangered by the current arrangement. In addition, enforcement of a child custody agreement may be necessary if one parent refuses to honor the existing agreement. The attorneys of Younge & Hockensmith, P.C., can help you petition the court to modify.

Contact Our Custody Modification Lawyers

For professional assistance with even the most complex child custody issues, call Younge & Hockensmith, P.C., at 970-242-2645 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.