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How do grandparent visitation rights work in Colorado?

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | Family Law News

Becoming a grandparent is one of life’s great joys. It is said that you get all the joys of children without any responsibility. And, over the decades, the concept of grandparents’ visitation rights has developed in the United States as we have realized the importance of these relationships to our children, especially as family units break down or no longer exist. And, in our state, many are now asking, how does grandparent visitation rights work in Colorado?

Grandparent visitation rights

In Colorado, ensuring grandparent visitation rights is anchored in the legal framework of C.R.S. 14-10-124.4. Our state’s laws recognize the value of the grandparent-grandchild relationship. These rights come into play after the dissolution, legal separation or annulment of the parents’ marriage, or if custody lies with a third party.

How are they initiated?

To initiate the process, grandparents file a motion in the relevant court. The family law court considers factors such as the child’s preferences (depending on their age), the health of involved parties, historical relationships, and various other factors. Notably, great-grandparents also have the opportunity to seek visitation rights.

On the other hand, any credible evidence of negative past conduct, like abuse or neglect is also examined too. This includes anything, like police reports, medical records, school records, etc.


Understanding the legal pathway is crucial for grandparents wishing to maintain their connection with their grandchildren. Navigating these rights demands both a legal understanding and a compassionate approach to family dynamics. Colorado law provides a structured means for grandparents to remain significant figures in their grandchildren’s lives, fostering relationships essential for the children’s emotional well-being.