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Grandparents’ Rights

Parker Family Lawyer Pursues Grandparents’ Rights

Your role as a grandparent is important

A child benefits from a grandparent’s love and wisdom.  Since 1977, Jeffrey R. Edelman, P.C. has been helping grandparents reestablish their relationships with their grandchildren through visitation, or in some instances, through an award of custody. As with all matters relating to child custody and visitation, Colorado courts base their decisions about grandparents’ rights on what is in the best interests of the child.

Can my son or daughter keep me from seeing my grandchildren?

In many cases, they can. If the grandchild is in the care of someone other than their child, or if their child is deceased, the visitation is in the child’s best interests because of:

  • Their prior relationship with the grandchild
  • Their frequency of contact with the grandchild
  • Amount of time they spent with the grandchild

But each parent’s right to raise their child is absolute without a showing of some improper behavior.

Unlike parents, grandparents have no inherent right to visitation; therefore, grandparents must prove visitation is in the best interests of the grandchild. We build a strong case underscoring the importance of your role as a grandparent and paint a clear picture for the court on your loving relationship with your grandchild.

I am worried about my grandchild — can I get custody?

If your child is not willing to let you take custody of your grandchild, there is still a chance the court will award you custody despite the objections of the grandchild’s parents. To do so, the grandparent must prove:

  • The child is not currently in the care of one of the parents
  • The grandparent took care of the child for at least six months
  • No more than six months have passed since the child left the grandparent’s care
  • There is bad behavior or endangerment to the grandchild

If those criteria are met, the court then uses additional factors to determine whether grandparental custody is in the best interests of the child, such as:

  • The wishes of the child
  • The grandparent’s relationship with the child
  • The health of the grandparent

This can be difficult to establish without an experienced family attorney to make your case to the court.

Colorado lawyer promotes the bond between grandparents and grandchildren

Jeffrey R. Edelman, P.C. is a Parker family law firm you can count on to act as a strong advocate for grandparents’ rights. Contact us at 720-588-9384 or by email. Initial consultations are free. Plenty of free parking is available at our Parker office.

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  • Jeffrey R. Edelman, PC
    19201 E. Mainstreet
    Parker, Colorado 80134
    Phone: 720-851-8440
    Fax: 720-851-5874
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