What Are The Legal Rights of Stepparents and Grandparents in Colorado?
The bonds that form with stepchildren and grandchildren can be incredibly strong. This is particularly the case if you were a main caregiver for any amount of time. Divorce can become contentious and end up limiting your access to a stepchild or grandchild. The courts generally prioritize the rights of biological parents; however, there are ways to maintain these important ties.
Over the years Kaplan Law L.L.C. has helped stepparents and grandparents -just like you – maintain these important relationships. Our attorneys have obtained favorable results for clients in the Denver metro and throughout the state. Because it is difficult to oppose a biological parent, you need the finest representation possible to navigate the court process and protect your interests.
Colorado Grants Stepparents Visitation Rights
However, obtaining custody or visitation rights can be complex. Here are some of the questions you will need to answer for the judge overseeing the case:
- Are you planning to continue to play an active role in the child’s life?
- How long have you played a significant role?
- Will the child suffer from your absence?
Answers to these questions help the court determine what is the in best interest of the child moving forward from divorce. Our attorneys will make sure the court hears your side of the story.
How Can You Continue To See Your Grandchildren?
Colorado courts will order contact and visitation rights in some of the following situations:
- Your grandchild’s parents have divorced or separated.
- Someone other than your child obtains legal custody of your grandchild, or your grandchild does not reside in the parent’s home, (this does not apply to any child who has been adopted or is currently involved in the adoption process).
- Your child passes away.
Children grow up so quickly, making time of the essence. Contact one of the attorneys at Kaplan Law L.L.C. to start the process to get visits back in place. Each situation is unique. We offer tailored legal representation and limited scope services based on your needs.
If you are still struggling to see your grandchild even after the court has issued an order, we can help. We have the tools needed to ensure that the terms in an order are followed. Some of these include contempt of court or a bond requirement to ensure compliance.
Individual Attention When You Need It
When family conflict threatens your relationship with a stepchild or grandchild, seek quality legal services right away to minimize the disruption. From decades of family law experience, we can develop a strategy that accomplishes your goal of preserving your stepparent or grandparent visitation rights.
To set up an appointment, send us a message online or call us now at 303-458-5500. We offer free initial consults to discuss your legal problem.