Grandparent Rights in Texas
Grandparents play a vital role in the development of a child. They provide support and help parents in the process of raising their children. While the rights of a grandparent are limited compared to those of parents, there are still ways that a grandparent might gain access to their grandchildren.
The Evans & Herlihy Law Firm can help. We will investigate your case to determine the best course of action and make sure that every legal avenue is pursued to gain access to your grandchildren.
What Are Grandparents’ Rights?
Grandparents do not have the same constitutional rights that parents have when it comes to child custody. In most cases, the original parents determine the role of the grandparents. If a grandparent is given powers of attorney by the parents, then they will have the rights designated by the POA. If there is no POA from one of the parents, then that grandparent might have to pursue legal action through the courts.
Custody and Guardianship
Grandparents can seek custody or guardianship of a child if certain criteria are met. If the child’s living situation puts them in harm’s way or if the child has lived with the grandparent for a certain period of time, that grandparent might seek custody or guardianship of the grandchild. However, the process is definitely made easier if both parents consent to the custody rights of a grandparent.
Grandparent Rights in Texas: Contact us For a Consultation
Sometimes grandparents aren’t seeking full custody, but access and visitation with their grandchildren. If both parents don’t want grandparents to have access to a child, then this process can be difficult. The same is true if the parents gave up their parental rights, passed away or gave the child up for adoption. However, if the original parents still have parental rights but have been found incompetent, or if a parent has been imprisoned for a certain period of time, grandparents might be able to gain access to their grandchildren.
If you have questions over your grandparent rights, contact the family law attorneys at the Evans & Herlihy Law Firm. We can help you explore your legal rights as a grandparent. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.