Grandparents’ Rights in Texas
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Under Texas law, parents and grandparents are not seen as equal. Even if a grandparent petitions to be given visitation or custody, there’s no guarantee that the court will grant the request. There are several factors for a judge to consider before making his or her decision, which is why it’s imperative that you retain legal representation from a trusted Houston family attorney if you find yourself confronting this type of visitation or custody issue.
The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC aims to deliver the highest standard of legal service to their clients in all of their family law matters. If you are a grandparent who is fighting to preserve the relationship you have with your grandchildren, you’ll need a legal professional on your side who strives to ensure that you and your grandchild’s interests are prioritized from start to finish.
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Establishing Visitation and Custody from the Court
The Texas court cannot impede on a parent-child relationship unless a parent is unable to provide for the child or meet his or her emotional and physical needs. Although a grandparent’s rights are always seen as secondary to a parent’s rights in the eyes of the law, exceptions can and do happen when it is in the child’s best interests.
Texas’ grandparent statute allows visitation when:
- At least one biological parent still has parental rights
- The grandparent proves that denying visitation would harm the child
- The grandparent’s child (the child’s biological parent) has been in jail for at least 3 months, declared mentally incompetent by the court, has died or does not have court-ordered visitation
A grandparent can obtain custody of a grandchild when:
- The child’s current home environment is cause of serious concern regarding his or her well-being
- One of the parents has agreed to a change in custody
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Your Case is Our Priority
The bond between grandparents and their grandchildren is not one that is meant to be broken. As a grandparent, you should be aware of your rights and how our firm can fight for them. When you hire our firm, you can trust that we will do everything we can to protect the relationship you have with your grandchildren.
Contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC today to request your free consultation.