Divorce creates change for entire families, and not just the spouses and their children. Colorado residents who have been through the divorce process know that grandparents are also impacted by their adult children's decision to split. While children are adjusting to their parents' divorce, grandparents can still play a critical part in their lives.
Of course, maintaining a relationship with grandchildren after divorce may require some thoughtful consideration, especially when looking at the distinct groups affected. Not only are grandchildren affected by interactions with grandparents, but so are both parents and the other set of grandparents. This is why it's important to respect the relationship children have with each of these people.
At the same time, there may be certain situations in which grandparents have to take legal action to maintain a relationship with their grandchildren. Colorado family law does cover some grandparents' rights, including visitation and custody. As is the case with many decisions of this nature, granting custody or visitation time must align with the children's best interests.
In situations where children aren't safe in their parent's custody, grandparents may be able to take responsibility for the children. In other cases, one parent may not allow certain grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren. If this decision is not in the children's best interests, then the grandparents may be able to obtain visitation rights.
Most family law issues are complicated, largely because of the emotions involved. Despite the challenges, it's important for all of the adults involved in a divorce to try to cooperate and do what will keep the children happy and healthy. By doing so, it may be easier for kids to understand and deal with their parents' split.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Helping Grandkids Survive Divorce," March 29, 2013
Our firm can provide insight into grandparents' rights issues. To find out more, please see our Colorado family law page.
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