When parents in Colorado separate, they may be particularly concerned about the child custody process. Both parents often want to present their best face to the family court, especially if they want to secure primary custody or increase their level of involvement with the child. However, some parents may get a hearing that’s scheduled at a time that’s impossible to attend. Skipping out on a hearing is not an option, but there are ways that parents can deal responsibly with this issue and continue to present their case.
In some cases, family court judges may allow parents to appear via phone or video for a child custody hearing. These hearings are typically shorter than regular trials. The process may go even faster if the parents have reached an agreement. In many cases, other witnesses are not called. A family law attorney may advise on whether the judge would allow a remote appearance or if it is better to seek a postponement of the hearing. Parents or their attorneys can file a request with the court to change the date and time of the hearing.
When requesting to change a hearing, it is best to present a strong argument as to why attending is not possible. Work obligations that cannot be changed, scheduled surgeries or other medical care are good reasons. After all, children benefit from having both of their parents healthy and employed.
There are many factors for parents to remember when preparing for a child custody hearing that can help them make a stronger case. A family law attorney may provide advice and guidance to help a parent achieve a fair solution for child custody and visitation.