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Grandparents' rights to visitation

Adoption is an excellent option for starting a family if a Texas couple is unable to have children. However, adoption typically requires that a child's parents renounce their rights to be involved in the life of their offspring. Unfortunately, grandparents typically have no say in such a matter. Unless a grandchild is adopted by a stepparent or by another grandparent, the ability to maintain a relationship with a grandchild could be permanently ended. However, this is affected by state law because some states preserve visitation rights for grandparents in spite of adoption.

Grandparents’ right to petition for custody in Texas, P.2

Last time, we began looking at grandparents’ rights in child custody cases in Texas As we noted, courts in Texas will only grant a grandparent’s request for possession or access to a child, otherwise known as custody or visitation, if specific circumstances are adequately proven.

Grandparents’ right to petition for custody in Texas, P.1

In an ideal world, all children would have loving parents that are fit to care for them and provide a secure environment for them to grow and develop, with loving grandparents to support the process. We don’t live in an ideal world, though, and sometimes parents are unable to provide for their children. In such cases, grandparents sometimes have to step into the role of parent and fight for the best interests of the child.

What are possible hurdles for grandparents seeking child custody?

The exercise of grandparents' rights under Texas law is not quite as straightforward as the exercise of such rights by a child's parents. By virtue of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling it's been determined that grandparents don't have a Constitutional right of access to their children's children.

Why and when should a grandparent speak to a family law attorney?

The ideal vision of the family is likely one in which grandparents are generally seen as having a positive role to fill in the care and upbringing of a grandchild. That being the case, if a Texas child's parents' relationship happens to decay, it's a good chance any custody arrangement will look to foster ongoing contact with grandparents.

Pushing faith cost grandparents' free access to grandchild

There are certain things that shouldn't be discussed in polite company, according to etiquette experts. One of those things is politics. The other thing is religion. You can pick any reason you like as to why. The one we think most people in Texas would probably gravitate towards, however, is that limiting such talk to appropriate settings maintains cordial relations.

Fighting for grandparent rights is relatively new

In the practice of any science it helps to have common terms that everyone in the field can agree upon. Sociology is no different. It is from that arena that we have such notions as the nuclear family. That model is defined by most dictionaries as being comprised of a father, a mother and a dependent child or children.

Texas law looks to do right by children with array of care models

Someone who has never had to deal with the variety of childcare issues that can arise unexpectedly may find themselves feeling as if they are in a foreign land when they step into a Texas family law courtroom. This may be really true for someone coming in from another state.

How one state has actually expanded the rights of grandparents

As we detailed on our blog before, grandparents in many jurisdictions often face an uphill battle when it comes to securing custody or even visitation rights with their grandchildren. Indeed, the problem has become so acute that lawmakers in some states are now considering -- and even passing -- legislation designed to recognize and empower the grandchild-grandparent bond.

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