Seek Custody or Access to Your Grandchildren
There may be many reasons why you are wishing to seek custody of your grandchild and our law firm wants to help you along the way. If you are concerned for the safety and wellbeing of your grandchild and wish to have custody moving forward in his/her life, it could be beneficial towards your case to hire an attorney. Family lawyers who are skilled in grandparent rights can answer the specific questions you may have regarding your rights in the state of Texas and give you options moving forward that are specific to your case.
We understand these cases can quickly become frustrating and complicated when worrying for the safety of your grandchild, call for a free consultation so that we may be able to understand the details of your case, explain your rights in the state of Texas, and answer any questions you may still have.
Grandparents rights in the state of Texas
There is no doubt that grandparents can be an incredible influence being in the life of their grandchildren, unbreakable bonds are created, and that child has an extra level of support and positive influence in his/her life. Unfortunately, this can all be put at risk when the parents of the grandchild divorce and and it becomes more complex of a situation if the child is adopted by a stepparent or taken out of the home by CPS.
All states have established their own laws regarding grandparent’s visitation rights. In the state of Texas, the laws addressing grandparents’ rights apply to child custody and visitation rights. If grandparents believe it is the best interest of the child, they may file a lawsuit requesting custody of their grandchild. This may be the case for grandparents concerned about the health and well being of the child and they do not believe they are being taken care of properly. The following circumstances can lead to grandparents having the right to visitation or custody of their grandchild.
- The parents of this child are divorced
- The parent(s) have been abusing or neglecting this child
- The child’s parents have been incarcerated, found unfit to raise their child or have died.
- A court order has terminated the relationship of the parent and child.
- The child has been living with the grandparents for at least six months.
The laws in the state of Texas assume that the parents of the child are making decisions that are in the best interest of the child, this means if the grandparents have no valid evidence against a parent claiming the grandparent should not be around the child then they can lose their visitation rights. Speaking to a grandparents rights lawyer can help you understand what options you have moving forward, what risks you may be taking in this lawsuit and what evidence you will need to present in order to make a strong case. Since the parent of the child essentially gets the ultimate say when it comes to who is spending time around their family, receiving visitation rights from a parent who does not want you around the child can seem hopeless but that is not the case. If you at one point played a large role in the life of the child, it may be easier for you to receive visitation. A grandparent cannot request visitation if their grandchild has already been adopted by someone who is not the stepparent of the child.