Johnnie Nguyen, Esq.
On May 23rd, 2023, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a new law, House Bill 23-1026, concerning family time for grandparents.
Prior to this legislation, grandparents and great-grandparents could seek a court order granting them the right to visit grandchildren and great-grandchildren when there is or has been an allocation of parental responsibilities case concerning those children.
This new law enables a court to appoint a child’s legal representative to represent the child’s best interest in a matter seeking to grant these grandparents or great-grandparents family time with the children.
The bill also clarifies that when determining the best interests of a child for the purpose of family time, the court shall presume that any parental determination regarding family time is in the best interests of the child. A grandparent or great-grandparent may overcome the presumption upon a showing by clear and convincing evidence that the family time is in the child's best interests.
If you are a grandparent seeking family time with your grandchildren that are currently involved in an allocation of parental responsibilities lawsuit in Colorado, the experienced family law lawyers at Marquez Law can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.