Colorado Family Law for Non-Traditional Families
The world is changing and the definition of what constitutes a “family” is rapidly changing with it. While the trials and tribulations of the traditional American family was the subject of many of the best-loved television shows of decades past, the new American family can now consist of families with two dads or two moms, step-kids with psychological parents, or the children of unwed couples. As our definition of what represents a “family” expands, so does the need for legislation that identifies the needs of the parents and the children within non-traditional families.
The law often takes time to catch up with the trends within a culture, and we now find that there are many complex legal issues that arise within the context of the non-traditional family. Issues include the allocation of parental responsibilities, child custody, visitation, child support, parenting time, and decision-making rights for each parent. Unfortunately, until our laws in Colorado specifically address the needs of the non-traditional family, parents with legal issues must address their non-traditional domestic relations matters in a court of law.
Our Culture’s Need for Non-Traditional Family Law
The courts are beginning to understand that ruling in the best interests of the child may also include recognizing that maintaining a relationship between the child and the non-legal parent may be important to the child’s well-being. In a recent decision made the by Colorado Court of Appeals, the court acknowledged the possibility that a child could experience emotional distress if the child’s relationship with the non-legal parent was terminated. Unfortunately, however, the current legal status of the relationship between a minor child and the child’s non-legal parent is not fully protected in the State of Colorado. When dealing with legal matters concerning non-traditional families, it is imperative to consult with experienced family law attorney to discuss your rights and options.
Elissa Bercovitz Works with Non-Traditional Families
Elissa Bercovitz is a highly skilled family law attorney who represents clients from non-traditional families. She has a history of valuing diversity within our county’s new definition of “family” and she has the experience to protect your rights and help you to navigate the legal system.
Because Colorado has not yet created the legislation necessary to deal with non-traditional family matters, parents of minor children should consider having a family law attorney to represent their best interests in court. If you are a parent of a minor child in a non-traditional relationship, and you are facing a Colorado domestic issue regarding your rights as a parent in a non-traditional family, Elissa Bercovitz can guide you. Elissa has been practicing law for over 20 years and has the legal skill to assist you and your family with your Colorado domestic relations issues. Call Elissa Bercovitz at the Bercovitz Law Firm now at 303 803 1678.