When we consider the split that occurs in a family during a divorce, we usually focus on the nuclear family: children and parents. But throughout history, extended families have, in many cases, contributed to the growth of young ones. It is only natural that grandparents concern themselves with the separation of parents and understand what it means for them and their own visitation rights.
Since so many households have two working parents, many grandparents end up as caregivers during a large portion of a child’s early life. They are often steady presences for children, and as such their involvement is almost always in the child’s best interest. However, if a court grants only one parent custody in a divorce, the noncustodial grandparents may feel cut out of the child’s life and the relationship may crumble.
In Colorado, grandparents can seek visitation rights separately of the noncustodial parent’s custody agreement. Just like in the custody agreement, the court will keep in mind what is best for the child, and even if a grandparent can prove that he or she is a positive influence, complications may arise with the noncustodial parent anyway. One element that can affect this is the child’s own wishes, if the child is of an age to make that decision. However, the strongest case a Colorado grandparent can make will be based on the argument the grandparent or the grandparent’s attorney makes regarding their impact on the child’s emotional health.
More often, a grandparent is focused on preserving the relationship with the grandchildren through their own child (i.e. the parent involved in the custody case). Many grandparents choose to assist the parent in protecting the parent’s right to custody or parental responsibilities of their grandkids. This route does not require that a grandparent intervene or become a third party in the custody case; instead, the grandparent can assist the parent in presenting a solid case for the care and protection of his or her grandchild.
If you are a grandparent looking to stay connected to grandchildren caught in a divorce, contact an experienced Colorado Springs family law attorney. The Drexler Law Group is available today for a consultation and will provide candid advice on the level of involvement best suited for a particular custody case.
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