Advice for grandparents involved in a child custody dispute

When an adult child is going through a divorce, it can be difficult for his or her parents to know how to approach the matter. Children need the love and support of their parents, even when they are grown and have families of their own. This is a time full of heavy emotions, and the manner in which parents offer their advice and support during a Colorado divorce and child custody dispute can have a serious impact on their relationship with both their child and their grandparents in the months and years to come.

Perhaps the most important resource that parents can provide to a child going through a divorce is a willing and available ear. Being there to listen to your child express their feelings or concerns is essential, and can help a child feel loved and supported throughout the process. It is possible to offer guidance and support without appearing to take sides on the matter, which can be perceived as a betrayal by one's child.

The manner in which a grandparent handles their child's divorce can also have repercussions when it comes to their ability to remain connected to their grandchildren after the marriage has ended. In some cases, arguments that occur during the divorce can lead a child to remove their parent from the lives of their grandchildren. This can lead to the need to pursue legal action to preserve and protect the grandparent/grandchild bond.

By taking a carefully considered approach to the ways that an adult child is supported during his or her divorce, a great deal of contention between parent and child can be avoided. However, there are cases in which grandparents are removed from the lives of their grandchildren following a divorce and child custody dispute. In such instances, it is important to gain a comprehensive understanding of one's rights under Colorado law.

Source: Source: Huffington Post, "How To Live Through Your Child's Divorce," Claire Berman, July 26, 2013

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