May 19, 2019

Probate, Domestic, Foreclosure, and Transcript Request Forms Revised

In June and July 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch issued several revised JDF forms. The Transcript Request Form, JDF 4, was revised in July and crosses many categories, including appeals, criminal, and miscellaneous. Other categories with revised forms include domestic relations, probate, and foreclosure. The revised forms are available here in PDF format, and are available for download as Word documents from the State Judicial forms pages.

DOMESTIC

  • JDF 1700 – “Instructions to File for Grandparent or Great-Grandparent Visitation” (revised 6/14)
  • JDF 1701 – “Verified Pleading Affidavit for Grandparent/Great-Grandparent Visitation” (revised 6/14)
  • JDF 1702 – “Order re: Pleading Affidavit for Grandparent/Great-Grandparent Visitation” (revised 6/14)
  • JDF 1704 – “Motion to Intervene” (revised 6/14)
  • JDF 1705 – “Order to Intervene” (revised 6/14)

EVICTIONS AND FORECLOSURES

  • JDF 618 – “Notice of Hearing for Expedited Residential Foreclosure Sale” (revised 6/14)

PROBATE

  • JDF 800 – “Acknowledgment of Responsibilities Conservator and/or Guardian” (revised 7/14)
  • JDF 841 – “Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Adult” (revised 6/14)
  • JDF 850 – “Guardian’s Report – Adult” (revised 6/14)

For all of State Judicial’s JDF forms, click here.

Colorado Court of Appeals: Great-Grandparent Is Not Grandparent Under Plain Meaning of Visitation Statute

The Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in In re Parental Responsibilities Concerning M.D.E. on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Grandparent Visitation—Standing.

In this parental responsibilities action, Scott Rottler (father) challenged the district court’s order allowing Bernice Spencer (great-grandmother) to intervene and seek grandparent visitation of father’s child (great-grandmother’s great-grandchild) under CRS § 19-1-117. The order was reversed.

In May 2009, the child’s mother filed a petition for allocation of parental responsibilities as to the child. Several months later, the court entered permanent orders and a parenting plan resolving the dispute between father and mother. The orders and parenting plan did not mention great-grandmother. More than six months later, great-grandmother filed a motion to intervene in the proceeding and a motion for grandparent visitation. The district court granted her motion to intervene by applying the principle of liberal construction to CRS § 19-1-117.

On appeal, father argued that the trial court erred in granting great-grandmother’s motion to intervene. CRS § 19-1-117 limits the meaning of grandparent to “a person who is the parent of a child’s father or mother.” Therefore, great-grandmother is not a grandparent within the meaning of the statute. Because she did not have standing to seek visitation, the district court’s order was vacated.

Summary and full case available here.