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Grandparents Visitation and Rights

Grandparents can share unique, special relationships with children, and the laws and courts in Colorado recognize this. That can mean that visitation and, sometimes, custody can be open to grandparents who want to establish these orders through the court. Still, exercising grandparents’ rights in Colorado can be a challenge, especially when parents may be putting up a fight or when grandparents don’t know how to navigate the laws and family court processes.  

At The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC, our family lawyers know how much can be on the line when it’s time to assert your grandparents’ rights, and we have a deep understanding of the unique challenges that grandparents can face in visitation and custody cases. That makes our team exceptionally effective advocates for grandparents, fiercely protecting their rights and working tirelessly to advance their interests in family law cases.

Call (970) 488-1887 or email our firm for a 100% confidential consultation. Phone and Skype consultations are available.

Our Fort Collins lawyers have vast experience representing both grandparents and parents in family court. We’re ready to listen, explain your options, and provide 5-star counsel at every step going forward.

Grandparent Visitation in Colorado

In general, grandparents in Colorado will tend to have an easier time obtaining visitation with a grandchild, as opposed to custody. According to Colorado law, there are specific circumstances under which grandparents’ rights to visitation will come into play. These include when:

  • The courts have already established orders regarding paternity or parenting time: In effect, this can mean that the parents of a child have divorced or that nonmarried parents have officially established paternity of a child through the Colorado courts. The reason for this is that the courts do not want to get involved in decisions made by “intact” families who have made these choices without previous court intervention.

  • A child is not living with their parents: This does not include cases of adoption. It simply refers to situations in which children are living with third parties who are not their biological or adoptive parents.

  • A parent has passed away: In this situation, the deceased parent would have to be the child of the grandparent in order to activate that grandparent’s rights to visitation. If the other parent (who is not the child of the grandparent) has passed away, the right to visitation would not necessarily be an option.

Grandparent Child Custody in Colorado

To seek custody of a child in Colorado, grandparents must prove a few things to the court. Specifically, they will need to demonstrate that:

  1. They have legal standing to request child custody: The courts will be inclined to keep children with their parents, biological or adoptive, whenever feasible. Sometimes, that means the courts will try to identify surviving parents (in the event one parent passes away) when grandparents seek custody.

  2. Grandparent custody is in the child’s best interests: If the child’s wellbeing will be compromised by staying with current parents or guardians—or if the parents are simply unable to care for children—grandparents can demonstrate their ability to provide financial, physical, and emotional support for children.

Here, it’s also important to know that grandparents can have first priority for custody when children are removed from their parents by state authorities. In these situations, custody can be temporary or permanent, depending on the needs of a child and other factors.

How Can I Assert My Grandparents’ Rights in Colorado?

Call a grandparents’ rights lawyer at The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC for more answers and experienced counsel going forward. From explaining your rights as a parent or grandparent to handling every aspect of your case going forward, our team can help you fight to protect your interests when it matters most.

Call (970) 488-1887 or email our firm for a 100% confidential consultation. Phone and Skype consultations are available.

The truth is that you may only have one shot to present your case—and that having the right attorney in your corner can make all of the difference in how your case turns out. With the experienced lawyers at The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC on your side, you can be confident that you’ll get the personal attention, superior representation, and strategic solutions you need to set your case up for the best outcome possible.

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