Children Grandparents’s Rights
The area of Grandparents’ Rights is an evolving concept in family law. At present, it is not impossible for a grandparent to obtain rights to his or her grandchild, but it is extremely difficult.
Under current Texas law, grandparents are not automatically granted visitation or parenting rights as part of a child custody arrangement between parents. In fact, the Texas Legislature has largely restricted grandparents’ rights to their grandchildren except in very special circumstances, such as instances of drug and alcohol use, child abuse, neglect, family violence, or other situations that pose a direct threat to the grandchild’s safety or emotional health.
Winning custody or visitation rights to a grandchild requires a court order, and the burden of proof is entirely on the grandparent.
*This article is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed BurnettTurner attorney.
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