Do You Have Legal Rights To Your Grandchildren?

One of the greatest satisfactions in life is seeing your children grow to raise families of their own. As a grandparent, you want to take advantage of the opportunity to love and spoil your grandchildren. Unfortunately, a dispute between your child and their parenting partner can threaten this opportunity.

You may face an uphill battle as a grandparent in Texas, even if your heart is in the right place. The United States Supreme Court and the state of Texas do not automatically recognize a grandparent's right to see their grandchildren. The law assumes that parents can make that determination based on the best interests of the child — but you still have options. If you have a good relationship with your child and the other parent, then you may need only to ask to see your grandchildren. However, if the parents refuse to let you see them, you may need to go to court.

This arrangement is not always easy, but the attorneys at Sabelhaus + Lynch are ready to be your advocate.

The Conditions Must Be Right

Under the following circumstances, grandparents may gain conservatorship over their grandchildren:

  • If a parent is deceased
  • If a parent is in jail or prison
  • If a parent is not living with your grandchild at the time
  • If a court rules a parent is mentally incompetent

The court may recognize that it is your grandchild's best interest to see you. If your case does make it to court, you will need to show that one or more of the following conditions exist:

  • A parent who neglected or abused the children.
  • A parent's rights are terminated.
  • A parent is divorced.
  • Your grandchild has lived with you for at least six months.

Remember, proving these circumstances pertains only to visitation. If you want custody of your grandchild, that can be addressed, too.

Our Lawyers Can Help

If you believe that your situation may entitle you to visitation or custody of your grandchild, now is the time to get help. It is in your best interest, and perhaps in the best interests of your grandchildren, to sit down and discuss your circumstances with an attorney at Sabelhaus + Lynch.

Contact us via email or at 817-668-6704 today to schedule an appointment at our Fort Worth office.