Divorce can be a difficult process for children to cope with, and understandably so. Joint child custody has grown wildly in popularity as many children in Colorado truly benefit from equal and open access to both parents. However, recognizing both parents as active caregivers is not the only evolution that family law has encountered recently.
Many grandparents find themselves in situations where they are unable to see their grandchildren following a divorce. Although joint custody is much more prevalent than it once was, some parents with primary custody refuse to permit a grandparent any type of visitation. In an age where grandparents are perhaps more involved than ever, this can be traumatizing to both the grandchild and grandparent.
If the divorce process is still ongoing in a family law court, grandparents have the opportunity to file their own petition for visitation. Absent an ongoing case, there is no opportunity to seek visitation or to open a case for grandparents' rights. Regardless, taking the opportunity during family law proceedings can create a valuable opportunity for grandparents to demonstrate the strong bond between them and a grandchild and how continued visitation would be in his or her best interest.
Most families hope for the best outcome with as little strife and confrontation as possible. In reality every family is unique and different, and therefore, no two families will have the same experience deciding on property division, child custody or any other number of arrangements. We understand how important it is for our Colorado clients to have someone on their side who is intimately familiar with the positive impact that various family members can have on a child, including grandparents.