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Can I get custody of my Colorado grandchild?

As a grandparent, you will have an immense love for your grandchildren. However, the dynamic will differ from a child and parent relationship, because you only have a certain amount of control in regard to how they are raised and how often you can spend time with them.

For many grandparents, this can be tough because they may not always agree with the choices made by the child's parents.

What are the rights of a grandparent in Colorado?

In the state of Colorado, it is only possible for a grandparent to be able to seek visitation rights for three reasons. These are in a situation when the parents of the grandchild are separated or divorced; when the grandchild's parent, who is also the child of the grandparent in question, has passed away; and when the grandchild is in the custody of a nonparental figure.

When one of these three situations exists, then a grandparent is able to legally file for visitation or custody. It is always a good idea to see if visitation can be sought informally; however, legal action can support any disputes that arise.

How do the courts decide?

The courts in Colorado will always make decisions in child custody cases based on what they consider to be in the best interests of the child. It is likely that a child will benefit from visiting his or her grandparents; therefore, very often these cases are successful.

If you are a grandparent who would like to know your rights, it is important to conduct thorough research based on the particular situation that you are facing.

Source: The Spruce, "Grandparents' Rights in Colorado," accessed March 15, 2018

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