Grandparent Visitation and Custody Rights in Texas
Attorneys for Grandparent Rights in Texas
If you are like many people, you can look back to your own childhood and recall many pleasant memories of the time spent with your grandparents. These are the people who let you stay up late when your parents went out, and for some, they stepped in as surrogate parents when needed. Unfortunately, grandparents and children can lose this vital bond during a contentious divorce. At Goranson Bain Ausley, our family law attorneys can help to protect this relationship by establishing grandparents’ rights.
Grandparents’ Visitation Rights in Texas
In some cases, the well-being of the children depends on a more permanent relationship with their grandparents. Goranson Bain Ausley recognizes the importance of this relationship and works hard to take the legal action necessary to preserve grandparent visitation rights in Texas whenever possible. Grandparent visitation may be granted:
- When the parents divorce
- If children are subjected to parental abuse or neglect
- Upon the death, incarceration or incompetence of the parents
- When the court orders termination of the parent-child relationship
- When the children reside with a grandparent for at least six months
Granted, the loving relationship between children and their grandparents should be enough to justify regular contact. However, these situations are all examples of times when visitation rights for grandparents in Texas are in the best interests of the children.
Grandparent Custody in Texas
With the exception of divorce, any of the allowable conditions for visitation can serve as grounds for pursuing grandparent custody in Texas rather than just visitation rights. Clearly, an extreme case of parental abuse or neglect might be just one example where the well-being of the children is best served by residing outside of their family home.
Naturally, some elderly individuals may not have the physical stamina or financial resources to provide the care needed by their grandchildren, so they are likely to be subjected to appropriate assessment by the state. However, in many cases, a lack of financial resources may not be an issue, since individuals with custodial rights in Texas have a right to pursue financial and medical support from the parents.
Helping You Through Your Unique Situation
Of course, no situation automatically guarantees the visitation or custody rights of grandparents. However, when you seek advice from our Texas grandparents’ rights attorneys, you’ll get help from a team with significant courtroom experience. You may be surprised by the range of available options for keeping your grandchildren in your life. With three former family court judges on our team, the child custody attorneys at Goranson Bain Ausley in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Granbury, and Plano understand your rights. Contact us to learn how we can help you better understand and secure grandparent rights in Texas.