Grandparent Rights Attorney

At Philip Goldberg PC, we work with clients on legal issues regarding grandparent rights. We represent grandparents seeking to protect or restore their rights. We also work with parents or legal guardians seeking to protect their children from grandparents.

Whether you need help as part of a divorce, custody dispute, or another issue, our firm has the knowledge and expertise to manage your case. We have extensive knowledge of Colorado family law.

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Grandparent Rights in Colorado

In Colorado, grandparents have limited rights related to their grandchildren. However, Colorado law does allow grandparents or great-grandparents to request visitation from the court in certain situations.

In extreme situations, the court may grant grandparents custody if the parents can no longer care for their child. If you wish to seek rights to visitation or custody of a grandchild, it is best to work with a qualified family law attorney.

Common Grandparent Right Issues

At Philip Goldberg PC, we work on many family law cases. When dealing with the rights of grandparents, visitation and custody commonly arise.

Grandparent Visitation Rights

The court will make a visitation decision based on qualifying circumstances and the child’s best interest. The court will consider several factors when making this determination, including a parent’s objection to the request for visitation.

If the court grants grandparent visitation rights, the court develops a visitation schedule which becomes an order from the court. The parents or legal guardians must follow the court order.

Grandparent Child Custody

In certain circumstances, grandparents may seek custody or parental responsibilities for their grandchildren. Colorado law does not use the term “custody.” Instead, the law allocates parenting time and parental decision-making.

Parenting time allocates the amount of time the child will spend with each party. Decision-making responsibilities give the right to make decisions for the child on issues like health care and education.

Requirements to Petition for Grandparent Rights

Petition for Visitation

Grandparents may ask the court for visitation if the grandchild is under the following circumstances:

Child Custody or Allocation of Parental Rights

Grandparents may seek parental rights, including parenting time and decision-making, in rare circumstances:

  • The child has lived with the grandparent for 182 days

  • The child’s parents are deceased

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Objections to Grandparent Rights

The court gives parents the legal right to determine who their child visits. Parents do not have to allow grandparents visitation rights. Only during a divorce, separation, annulment, paternity, or other specific cases does a grandparent have the right to request visitation from the court. The court values the rights of parents to make decisions for their children.

If a grandparent seeks visitation, the parents may object. The parents often have the upper hand in these types of cases. We work with grandparents seeking visitation and parents objecting to grandparent visitation.

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How an Experienced Family Law Attorney Can Help with Grandparent Rights

Family law is complex. Divorce impacts more than just the divorcing parties. Depending on the relationships and outcomes, grandparents may lose out on precious time with their grandchild.

Colorado law limits the rights of grandparents. However, grandparents have a legal right to request visitation when a family faces divorce and specific other family law issues. When you work with an experienced family law attorney, we help you understand the law and work toward a positive outcome.

You do not need to navigate the law alone. We are here to help!

Grandparent Rights FAQs

In Colorado, grandparents can petition for visitation rights during specific circumstances. However, if the child is not involved in certain legal proceedings, the grandparents cannot ask the court for visitation. Grandparent rights are limited in Colorado.

Grandparent visitation is when the court grants legal visitation rights to a grandparent. The order gives the grandparent the right to spend time with the child based on the court-ordered schedule.

Grandparent visitation is different from having parenting time or decision-making responsibility for the grandchild. Grandparent legal visitation is only possible under the circumstances identified by the court.

Yes. The court grants grandparent visitation to allow grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren. Parenting time allocates the time a child will live with a parent or guardian. Parenting time grants the rights to parents to care for and oversee the child, while visitation only grants the right to spend time with the child.

Yes. Unless a child is involved in certain legal proceedings, a grandparent does not have a right to ask the court for visitation and the child’s parents or guardians have the right to determine whether the child spends time with a grandparent.

Parents decide how much time they want their children to spend with their grandparents. However, a grandparent may seek visitation rights if the grandchild is already involved in certain legal proceedings.

We work with grandparents seeking visitation rights with their grandchildren. Contact us for legal support to navigate complex family law issues.

Colorado Grandparent Rights Attorney

Philip Goldberg PC has extensive experience representing clients in family law cases. When you face the difficult circumstances of losing touch with your grandchildren, you need a compassionate lawyer on your side.

We offer the highest quality of legal representation, including personal service and clear communication. Our objective is to achieve positive outcomes for our clients and the children they love.

Contact Philip Goldberg PC to schedule an appointment to discuss grandparent rights. We work with clients in Denver and the surrounding areas on family law.