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Termination of Parental Rights in Colorado

Parental rights can be terminated voluntarily or involuntarily. While parents may make the difficult decision to terminate their parental rights on their own when it’s in their children’s best interests, third parties can also make this request of the courts.

At The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC, our family lawyers know how much is on the line when parental rights and relationships with children hang in the balance. We also know how to effectively protect our clients’ interests in these cases. Whether you are making the request for termination or you are trying to protect your parental rights, you can rely on our family law attorneys for exceptional advocacy and fierce representation in Colorado parental rights cases.

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

What Are the Grounds for Involuntarily Termination of Parental Rights in Colorado?

In general, Colorado family courts want to preserve the relationships that promote a child’s wellbeing. Consequently, they will only move to terminate parental rights when there is persuasive evidence that a parent is unable to provide a safe, stable, secure, and loving environment for his or her child. Specifically, that means that Colorado courts prioritize children’s wellbeing over the rights of parents.

Some of the grounds for terminating parental rights involuntarily in Colorado can include (and are not limited to):

  • Sexual abuse
  • Imprisonment of a parent
  • Abandonment of a child by a parent
  • Failure to honor the terms of court-ordered visitation with a child
  • Serious physical injury to a child due to parental neglect
  • Death of or serious injury to a child’s sibling due to parental neglect

Who Can Request a Termination of Parental Rights in Colorado?

A number of people can make this request of the court, including (but not limited to):

  • The other parent (biological or foster)
  • Court-appointed guardians
  • Other relatives of a child, like grandparents

Commonly, the issue of terminating parental rights arises when one parent has been in and out of a child’s life due to incarceration or drug addiction. When these issues result in abandonment, abuse, or other harm to children, those who are caring for the children are often motivated to terminate parental rights in order to provide more a stable, emotionally supportive environment for the children.

What Are the Alternatives to the Termination of Parental Rights in Colorado?

Terminating parental rights is not the only option for court intervention when there may be issues with a parent and concerns about the safety of a child around that parent. Before parental rights are terminated, it may be helpful to seek out alternatives, like (but not limited to):

If you aren’t sure what to do, in light of your unique situation, contact The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC. We can advise you of your best options, after hearing more about your circumstances, needs, and objectives.

Can I Get My Parental Rights Reinstated in Colorado?

Yes, but you will need to prove to the court that reinstating those rights is in your child’s best interests. The best way to do that will depend on the reason(s) that your parental rights were terminated in the first place. In many cases, some of the things the courts want to see when they’re considering whether to reinstate parental rights can include attendance to or completion of:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Counseling
  • Parenting classes

Keep in mind, however, that the courts do not terminate parental rights without serious consideration—and they won’t reinstate those rights without doing the same. As a result, it can be essential to have the representation of a skilled attorney when it’s time to make your case about parental rights to the family courts in Colorado.

How Can I Get Help with a Parental Rights Case in Colorado?

Call a Colorado family lawyer at The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC. From explaining your rights as a parent or other interested party to handling every aspect of your case going forward, we have the knowledge, skills, and strategies to help you protect your interests when it matters most.

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

When it comes to parental rights in Colorado, the truth is that you may only have one shot to present your case—and that the right attorney in your corner can make all of the difference in the resolution you are able to achieve. With the trusted family lawyers at The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC on your side, you can be confident that you’ll get the personal attention and strategic representation you need to set your parental rights case up for the best resolution possible.


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