Visitation Rights of Grandparents in Colorado

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Visitation Rights of Grandparents in Colorado

Under Colorado law, grandparents have visitation rights in certain circumstances.

When Can a Grandparent Have Visitation Rights?

The three circumstances in which a grandparent can have visitation rights according to C.R.S. 19-1-117 are:

Are There Any Other Requirements for Filing for Grandparent Visitation?

Yes. The three specific requirements grandparents must meet to receive a court ordered visitation are:

Is There Any Way I Can Lose Standing Regarding Grandparent Visitation?

Yes. If the child is adopted, the birth grandparents lose their right to petition for visitation.

How Does the Court Decide Grandparent-Grandchild Visitation?

The court uses the same approach as it does with parent-child visitation decisions. It looks at what is in the best interest of the child.

It is the grandparent’s goal to show “special factors” making grandparent visitation in the best interest of the child. Special factors include:

Can a Lawyer Help Me Visit My Grandchildren?

Absolutely. You should talk with a family attorney about how you should attempt to get visitation. An attorney will also prepare and file your visitation petition for you.

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Last Modified: 04-28-2015 11:15 AM PDT

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