There’s no doubt that grandparents play an increasingly important role in the life of a child. In fact, one recent study from the University of Chicago and the National Institute on Aging says that some 60 percent of grandparents served as caregivers to grandchildren over a ten year period.
It’s no wonder that the number of involved grandparents would make them want to fight for visitation rights after their children get divorced.
As a grandparent, you should know your rights for visitation and custody.
It is all too common to hear about a teenage girl getting pregnant these days, but it’s rare to hear much about the teenage father that got them pregnant. When a decision is made to keep the baby, it seems that the parents of the girl assume the responsibility of raising their grandchild while the life of the boy doesn’t change. If this sounds like you, then it may be time to learn more about Colorado family law and ask a Colorado Springs lawyer for a free consultation.
According to U.S. Census data, the number of minor children being raised by someone other than their parent(s) has dramatically increased over the past 25 years. Not surprisingly, the majority of these children are being raised by grandparents. The most recent figures suggest that well over six million children are living in households headed by grandparents or other non-parental relatives, with neither parent present.
If you find yourself in the position of wanting to legally adopt your grandchild(ren) in the state of Colorado, a Colorado Springs child custody lawyer can help ensure the process goes smoothly.