Lawyers for Grandparents Rights & Custody of a Grandchild in Texas
You thought that your days of daily diaper changes and 2:00 a.m. feedings were over. You had also made it through the phase of the constant “Why?” “Why?” “Why?” You even survived the teenage years and came out the other side with only a few gray hairs. When you looked back over your life plan, it didn’t include starting over and raising your grandchild, but now that reality is staring you straight in the face.
Perhaps your child and the other parent of your grandchild simply are not interested in being parents. Perhaps there is an addiction issue or a mental health issue that compels you to seek custody. Perhaps the child has been left with you “just for the weekend” which turned into months on end. Whatever the reason or reasons are, you have made the decision to become a parent again, and you want to know about the path you are embarking upon. Grandparents’ rights for custody of grandchildren are complex in Texas.
What are your chances to gain custody over the objections of a parent or parents?
The short version is that it’s not easy to get custody of a grandchild over the objections of a living, legally competent parent.
How to Get Custody of Grandchildren in Texas
In order to make a successful bid for custody of grandchild[ren], the grandparent must overcome the legal presumption that awarding a parent, or both parents primary custody, would significantly impair the child’s physical health or emotional development.
This is a difficult burden to overcome, and it requires the skills, knowledge and dedication of top-notch lawyers that know the law, know the facts and are experienced in the courtroom. A grandparent vying for custody might show the Court that the parents are battling addiction problems. They might also show that the parent is putting the child or children in dangerous situations via the parent’s choice of a new partner or partners. The list is almost endless because it’s all fact driven – the facts about your grandchildren, their parents, and you.
Proving Custody: Getting a Court Order for Grandparent Custody of Child
Once you get an order for custody of your grandchildren, protect it and protect your position as these children’s conservator. Get several copies of the order and give one to everyone important in these children’s lives: Doctors, school administrators, child care facilities, counselors, even police or close friends in some circumstances.
If a child is old enough to understand what has been happening with their parents and grandparents, getting them to the right therapist may help stem future issues they might face. You might also ask that person some questions of your own, like how to answer the tough questions – What’s wrong with my mom? Why didn’t my dad want me? Don’t my parent’s love me? The attorneys at ONDA have worked with some of the best counselors available, and we will be able to help you find the right one for your grandchildren. We also have the connections to present you with options for other resources that you may need before, during and after a grandparent rights and grandchild custody case.