A couple was surprised to know they were becoming grandparents way too soon. Their daughter, who was 14 years old at the time, became pregnant by a then 19-year-old soldier. The couple has petitioned the court for custody of their grandchild presumably since their daughter is too young to care for the child. Colorado readers may be surprised to know that the biological father of the child has entered this child custody case asking for visitation.
For a parent, there can be few events more stressful than being faced with the risk or reality of losing their right to raise their own child. Child custody cases are among the most heavily litigated and contentious forms of law that come before the courts, in Colorado or elsewhere. However, even in the midst of emotionally trying times, it is important that parents follow the rules and procedures outlined within state law to fight for their parental rights.
Many Colorado grandparents are raising a second generation of children, according to newly released statistics. While there are a number of unique scenarios that lead to this type of family structure, all grandparents who take on a parental role toward their grandchildren face a shared set of legal difficulties in regard to family law issues. The American Association of Retired Persons, in partnership with Generations United, the Children's Defense Fund and others, assert that as many as 5.8 million children are living under the care of grandparents.
When a person's child goes through a divorce, the role of being a parent and grandparent becomes complicated. While the instinct may be to rush to your son or daughter's defense and offer parental advice, there may be better ways to help ease the transition for your loved ones.
Colorado residents may have found it hard to miss the recent media coverage surrounding the latest chapter in the child custody battle among family of deceased pop star Michael Jackson. Jackson's estate plan granted child custody rights of his three children to his mother, Katherine Jackson. She has been raising the kids over the past three years amid family dissension over the legitimacy of the estate, which left nothing to any of the singer's siblings.
Single mothers still lead the statistics households in which one adult is raising one or more children on their own. However, data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that a growing trend in single parenting is emerging: An increasing number of grandfathers have taken the role of primary caregiver to their own grandchildren.