Preserving The Rights Of Grandparent And Foster Parent In Colorado
Sometimes, a child may be better off living with someone other than a biological parent. Proving this in a court of law can be very difficult. If you need assistance obtaining visitation or custody rights or privileges to a child, call Littman Family Law in Denver for quality and understanding help. We provide guidance to clients throughout the metro area and within 100 miles of Denver.
Colorado recognizes the rights of grandparents to a relationship with their grandchildren when there has been a custody or divorce case. It also recognizes the rights of grandparents to a relationship when a parent is deceased. Unfortunately, our laws are more restrictive than some other states.
Colorado law provides that a fit parent has the right to make decisions on behalf of a minor child, including when and how that child sees his or her grandparents. A grandparent must overcome the presumption in favor of a parent’s decision by clear and convincing evidence that the request for grandparent visitation is in the child’s best interests. Two examples include:
- A child living with a grandparent for six months or more
- A child has been abandoned by his or her parents and is cared for by a grandparent
To protect a grandparent’s legal right to continue to care for a child in these circumstances requires prompt and decisive legal action. Let the skilled attorneys at Littman Family Law carefully analyze your circumstances and help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Foster Parent Rights
The law is moving more toward favoring the rights of fit parents when in contest with relatives and others. However, we have had significant success in certain situations, especially those of foster parents who seek to retain children with whom they have bonded and for whom they have served as primary attachment figures.
Our firm has practices in Denver Juvenile Court and in district courts throughout the metro area, handling juvenile legal matters for over 30 years. We represent relatives and foster parents who are seeking to obtain legal guardianship and physical custody of children whom they love and have cared for.