Grandparents’ Rights in Colorado
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Grandparents play a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren. But when a grandchild’s parents separate, or when one parent passes away, these relationships may be disrupted. When a parent loses custody, many grandparents are curious to know whether they may still see their grandchildren. Grandparents may also find themselves requesting parenting rights and responsibilities when they find themselves providing daily care for their grandchildren and needing court orders so they can continue to provide care.
At Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C., we are ready to protect your rights and your grandchildren’s best interests and to help you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case. With more than 30 years of legal experience, our Broomfield family lawyers have helped hundreds of families in Colorado with their legal matters. We will sit down with you, listen to your concerns, and develop an effective case strategy to help you maintain a loving relationship with your grandchildren.
When Can a Grandparent Request Visitation?
Grandparents do not need court-ordered visitation when the parents of their grandchildren freely allow them to visit. However, in the event of a child custody dispute, grandparents may seek visitation rights.
Grandparents may obtain visitation rights to see their grandchildren if any of the following occurs:
- The grandchild’s parents divorce, separate, or annul their marriage
- Someone other than a child’s parent has been given child custody
- One parent passes away
Grandparents may obtain parenting rights and responsibilities if the following occurs:
- The grandchild has lived with grandparents for over six months
- An emergency occurred causing the parents to be unable to care for the children
- The parents are requesting the grandparents step in for a time or permanently to care for the minor children.
If you qualify, you must file a motion in the district court of the county the child resides. The motion must include an affidavit which discloses the facts to support your case. A copy of the petition must be served to the person who has legal custody of the child.
The court will make a decision based on the child’s best interests. The judge will consider a parent’s objection as well as the potential advantages of the grandkids’ relationship with you. Law requires the court to presume a parent is acting in the best interests of the child. If one fit parent objects to a grandparent’s visitation request, the court must weigh the child’s best interests against that parent’s right to make decisions for his/her child.
Call (720) 809-8310 to Get Started on Your Case Today
Our Broomfield family law attorneys can help you gather evidence to show that you are a proper custodian for your grandchildren. We understand the importance of the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren, which is why we are committed to helping families stay together. Do not hesitate to establish a legal relationship with your grandchildren.
Contact us and discuss your case with Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. today for more information.