The legislature in Colorado recognizes that children often form strong bonds and attachments to adults who may not be their biological parents. In some circumstances, granting custody or allowing frequent visits to a non-biological parent may be best for a child's emotional and physical well-being. Such an adult may be a psychological parent for the child.
Helping Non-Biological Parents Obtain Rights For Children In The Denver Area
If you are the psychological parent for a child, the Denver law firm of Littman Family Law may be able to help you obtain certain rights. However, this is a very difficult and challenging process requiring skilled and diligent representation.
Colorado courts will sometimes allow a non-biological parent who has regularly cared for a child for a period of six months or more to establish parental rights and responsibilities. In some circumstances, a determination may be made that a stepparent or other long-term caregiver has become a "psychological parent" and may have certain rights and responsibilities for a child. While the threshold question is whether the child has been in the care of the non-biological parent for a period of six months or more, the court will then consider a series of other factors to determine whether granting custody or visits to a non-parent are in the best interest of the child.
At Littman Family Law, we have assisted psychological parents obtain legal rights, and we will help you with yours. Call us today at 303-647-5850 or send us an email. We serve clients throughout the Denver metro, eastern plains and mountain communities within 100 miles of the city.