Protecting The Bond Between Grandparents And Grandchildren
Grandparents often play an important role in the life of their grandchildren. In some cases, however, it becomes necessary to seek court intervention to secure rights to custody or visitation.
At Heinrich Christian, PLLC, we provide caring and sensitive representation for grandparents seeking to establish child custody or visitation rights.
If you are considering legal action to pursue visitation or custody of your grandchildren, it is important to seek experienced legal counsel.
How Can Grandparents Seek Custody?
In Texas, grandparents often face an uphill battle in establishing custody or visitation with grandchildren. Grandparents do not have automatic rights to access their grandchildren. However, they may petition the court for visitation or custody. There are many legal hurdles grandparents must establish in order to obtain custody or visitation rights without the approval of one of the child’s parents. Additionally, grandparents face a heavy burden in establishing their rights in court.
In determining whether to grant those rights, the courts consider many factors, including whether:
- The parents of the child divorced
- The parent was found incompetent, incarcerated or deceased
- The child suffered abuse or neglect from the parent
- The child has resided with their grandparents for six months or more
- The parent-child relationship was terminated by a court order
As any one of these situations can be complex, it is important to consult with a family law attorney to evaluate your particular circumstances.
Exploring All Options For A Positive Outcome
When grandparents are forced to go to court to seek custody, the underlying family situations are often difficult and emotional. The court process alone adds more stress and uncertainty to an already unfortunate circumstance. If you are considering seeking custody or visitation rights to your grandchildren, it is important to hire a family law attorney who understands how to pursue these types of cases.
At Heinrich Christian, PLLC, we can help you explore your options and evaluate the possibilities for attaining a positive outcome. With over 25 years of combined experience, our lawyers understand the intricacies of this niche area of family law. We offer personalized, one-on-one service to ensure you feel comfortable at every step of the process.