Colorado has a law which specifically authorizes a court to provide a grandparent time with grandchildren under some limited conditions. For example, it will not allow the court to force a parent to allow contact between their child and his or her own parents.
The law contemplates a circumstance where someone other than the grandparents’ own child is raising the child such as where one parent has died, or where a son or daughter does not have primary care of the child or even, in some limited circumstances, in adoption. Also the United States constitution gives some deference to the parent’s desires about children’s contact with grandparents. Therefore, in order to obtain grandparent visiting rights, the grandparent must show by clear and convincing evidence why their contact would benefit the grandchildren, to overcome the parents objection.