In Colorado, a custodial “parent” takes care of the physical well-being of a child. In cases where a child has been abandoned or left unsupported, a relative or extended family member may step in to provide shelter and care for the child. Custodial adoptions require a knowledge of complex law. At Karin Johnson Chatfield LLC, I have the legal skills to walk you through the process and draft paperwork based on your individual circumstances.
Childhood is a delicate and sensitive time. To give a child the best chances possible later in life, they require the caring support of a stable home. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, whether due to death, neglect, or other worst case scenarios. A custodial adoption may allow the child to get the support and care they need to have a brighter future. When deciding whether to approve a custodial adoption, the court will consider the child’s best interests.
Though a child’s best interests are not legally defined by the state, the court may look at:
When a family member steps in to take care of a child, they could face liability, despite their best intentions. Going through the process of a legal adoption is therefore your best option to protect you and the child. As a Denver family law attorney, I can guide you through this process and ensure your rights are safeguarded.
For over 30 years, I have served clients in the surrounding counties, including Adams, Douglas, and Jefferson. I am dedicated to helping you through this delicate process by listening to your concerns and turning them into positive actions.
At Karin Johnson Chatfield LLC, I put the needs of children first. Contact me to learn how I may be able to help.