Grandparents often feel left out of their grandchild’s life during family law matters. The challenges of seeing your own grandchildren can leave you full of worry and fear that you may never see them again. During this difficult time, it is important to remember that you have rights as a grandparent.
Understand your rights
Grandparents have rights in Colorado in many situations involving their grandchildren. These scenarios can include during divorce, legal separation, annulment, child custody disputes, paternity and probate cases involving a guardian.
You may be able to seek visitation rights during these scenarios. Even if you are still seeing your grandchildren right now and have a good relationship with one of their parents, this may not always be the case.
Putting the child first
In Colorado, the court considers the child’s best interests when determining visitation. This means the court will only grant grandparents visitation if they believe it will be in the child’s best interests regardless of how you feel.
In some cases, you may be able to use mediation to resolve disputes with your grandchild’s parents instead of going to court. Mediation can save you time and money as well as reduce the harm to your family’s relationship and overall dynamic. To protect your interests, it is still beneficial to have an attorney on your side to help you understand what options are available and how to protect your rights with your grandchildren.
If you are worried about being able to see your grandkids in the future or if a parent is not letting you visit with your grandchildren during divorce or other disputes, an attorney can help you explore your legal options and protect your rights.
Grandparents’ rights cases are complex due to the ever-changing nature of the law. A lawyer can help you protect your relationship with your grandchildren before it’s too late.