As grandparents you play an important role in your grandchildren's lives. The bonds you forge will deeply influence your grandchildren and last a lifetime.
States recognize the importance of this relationship. In fact, every state has some type of grandparent visitation or access law. Grandparents also have rights when it comes to the custody of a grandchild. If you have been denied custody to your grandchildren particularly after a divorce, it may be in your best interest to speak with a qualified family law attorney.
VISITATION RIGHTS FOR GRANDPARENTS
Visitation statutes vary widely from state to state. A court can authorize grandparent visitation of a grandchild in Texas under several conditions. The main determination is of course whether this visitation is indeed in that child's best interest. Other influencing factors include:
- If the child was abused or neglected
- If the parent is incarcerated, found incompetent or died
- If the child lived with the grandparent for six months or more
- If the child's current home constitutes a dangerous condition
- If one parent is deployed overseas while serving in the US armed forces, then that child's family may be able to seek visitation
Visitation statutes do not guarantee you an unconditional right to visitation of your grandchild. If your grandchild was adopted by someone other than his or her stepparent, visitation is unlikely.
FILING FOR CUSTODY OR MODIFICATION
You may file suit requesting custody of your grandchild if you believe maintaining a relationship with your grandchild is in your grandchild's best interest. This is especially true if your grandchild lives with you. If you are acting as a custodial parent, you can also apply for child support. If you have custody of your grandchild the parents are legally obligated to provide for that child. It is well within your right to pursue child support in this case.
YOUR FRISCO GRANDPARENTS' RIGHTS ATTORNEYS
The attorneys at Pfister Family Law offer compassionate and experienced legal counsel in all areas of grandparents' rights. We can answer all of you questions and help you understand your rights. Get in touch with us today online. Or call us at (972) 370-5172. In Frisco, serving the communities of Denton County, Collin County and Plano. We are your Frisco lawyers for grandparents' rights and all family law matters.