In Colorado, issues between unmarried parents are handled similarly to how custody battles between married parents are handled. In today's society, there are many unwed couples who share children - almost as many as married couples with children. When parents are not married, issues such as childcare and custody become even more important as the law is not always easy to understand. For those curious about Colorado custody laws for unmarried parents, consider reaching out to Johnson Law Group at (720) 463-4333 or text (720)730-4558.
For a father to have rights and be involved in his children's lives, paternity must be established; it is not enough to claim fatherhood. The process of establishing parental rights is easy if the birth certificate of any children is signed by the father. If this is not the case, there are two ways that paternity may be established.
Establishing paternity is important for not only the father of the child, but the mother as well. Unmarried parents may not be eligible for certain benefits if paternity is not established. A biological father may want parenting time or to gain custody of his child; the mother cannot collect child support if paternity is not established.
While the alleged father of the child can submit a paternity action to the court, there are others who may do so under Colorado law. These include:
Children who request a paternity action may do so at any time until they reach the age of 21 according to the Colorado Judicial Branch. Those with questions concerning paternity action may want to consider speaking to a family law attorney at Johnson Law Group.
Whether married or not, mothers have certain rights that protect the well-being and interests of minor children. For parents who are not married, a mother has the same rights as one who goes through divorce. Some of these include:
Colorado custody laws for unmarried parents are the same as those that govern parents who are divorced. Parents who do not marry often feel confused and uncertain about their rights regarding minor children when they part ways or cannot get along. The only real difference is that in situations where parents are not married, the father may have to establish paternity in order to take legal action in matters involving parenting time, custody, etc. It may ease the minds of both mothers and fathers who share children to know that custody laws are basically the same whether ever married or not.
Parents want their children to feel loved and supported, regardless of marriage status. When a couple cannot resolve their differences and decide to go their separate ways, it affects everyone in the family – including children. Colorado custody laws for unmarried parents do not differ from those in circumstances where parents divorce.
The bottom line is that the laws are designed to protect the well-being and interest of the children, no matter the circumstances surrounding their parents. Child custody, visitation, and other issues can be difficult to sort out when parents are at odds, emotional, and concerned about their children. At Johnson Law Group our family law attorneys provide legal support and guidance for those going through trying times. You are invited to reach out to us at (720) 463-4333 or text (720)-730-4558.