Sometimes when families split up, a great deal of time is spent debating parental visitation and custody rights, while the rights of grandparents are overlooked. Denver grandparents' rights lawyer Fred Andrew Dunsing champions the visitation and custody rights of grandparents in Colorado.
Under Colorado law, grandparents have certain rights to see their grandchildren when there has been a divorce, legal separation, allocation of parental responsibilities or death of a grandchild's parent.
After a bitter divorce or break up, or after trauma caused by the death of a grandchild's parent, the custodial parent may terminate all contact between children and their grandparents. However, Colorado recognizes the legal right of grandparents to have reasonable contact with their grandchildren. Reasonable contact means periodic visitation that does not interfere with the custodial parent's parental rights. The parent and the grandparents may agree on the arrangements.
Unfortunately, grandparents sometimes have to bring a legal action to enforce their visitation right. Then a family court determines what reasonable contact shall be.
Beyond visitation, grandparents can petition a court for custody of their grandchildren under certain circumstances.
Colorado generally requires the grandchildren to have been in physical care and control of the grandparent (or someone other than the parents) for six consecutive months prior to a grandparent’s filing of a petition to have "standing" to pursue custody.
In actions for grandchild custody and for grandparent visitation, the court considers the best interests of the grandchild, and particularly the previous relationship between the grandparents and the grandchild.
If you are being denied your visitation rights or if you seek custody of a grandchild, contact Colorado grandparents' rights attorney Fred Andrew Dunsing. He handles every case personally, really listens and prepares you for the road ahead.
Attorney Dunsing is available any time for a free consultation at the firm’s comfortable and welcoming offices in Denver or in Avon in Vail Valley. For your convenience, the firm accepts all major credit cards.