A child’s life is forever impacted during a divorce. Their world is turned upside down, and their relationship with parents, grandparents, extended family and friends may suffer. In many cases, the second strongest connection a child has to his or her family is to grandparents. After a divorce, it is crucial to keep family connections strong. When it comes to child custody in Texas, grandparents have a say. Among other considerations, the court takes into account the child’s relationship to his or her grandparents, and the accessibility to them in a proposed parenting plan.
According to the Texas Attorney General, grandparents play a key role in the lives of grandchildren, and therefore should be given fair consideration when deciding visitation and custody. Although grandparent rights widely vary from state to state, in Texas, a grandparent may file for either custody or visitation, if they feel it is in the best interest of the child, and the child’s parents are divorced. When deciding a custody and visitation schedule for grandparents, other factors are taken into account. If the child has lived with the grandparent for more than six months, if the parent has been incarcerated or died, or whether there has been any abuse in the home are additional considerations.
For Texas grandparents that wish to have court ordered visitation or custody of their grandchildren and any of the above apply, legal counsel may be able to help. With a trusted family law attorney, grandparents may be able to enjoy regular visitation with their loved ones, and be the support they need after the devastation of divorce.