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What are my rights as a grandparent in Texas?

Grandparents want to spend time with their grandchildren. Most of the time, the grandparents can play a valuable role in the child's upbringing. There are some instances in which parents and grandparents don't see eye-to-eye about the grandparent spending time with the grandchild or that the grandparents simply aren't given the opportunity to have a relationship with their grandchildren.

Working through issues might help grandparents

Grandparents' rights are a touchy subject because the need to exert these rights often comes on the heels of family drama. In our previous blog post, we discussed how these cases usually involve volatile situations. That blog post brought up some important points. One of which is that it is often best to try to work through things with your grandchild's parents.

Grandparents' rights often stem from volatile situations

Grandparents usually want a chance to have a relationship with their grandchildren. When the grandchild's parents don't allow that to happen, the grandparents might choose to explore their right to see the child. There are several factors that the court might consider when a grandparent is seeking to have visitation rights or even custody of a grandchild.

Grandparents' rights are sometimes crucial for children

Grandparents' rights are an area of family law that is often misunderstood. In some cases, a person might wonder exactly why grandparents should have any rights to their grandchildren at all if the parents don't want their children around them. Interestingly, grandparents' rights are meant more for the grandchildren than the grandparents.

Grandparents' rights are a hot topic for some people

Parents have the right to decide what is best for the children in their custody. That fact isn't disputed very often. However, when grandparents want to be a part of a child's life and aren't given the chance, those grandparents might opt to seek out legal methods of being able to be involved in the child's life.

Key points about grandparents' rights in Texas

Divorce can be very tough on grandparents. They don't have a say in the couple's decision, after all, but they could lose the ability to see their grandchildren. It's important for them to know what rights they have in Texas. A few key points are noted below.

Do grandparents have a right to summer vacation time?

There is nothing specific in the current Texas family code that allows grandparents to have summer vacation time with the children. However, it you are petitioning for grandparents' rights in order to get access to your grandchildren, you may be able to ask for a certain amount of time in the summer as part of the visitation arrangement.

Seek legal help to see or care for your grandchild

Last week, we talked about how serious child custody matters can be. One area we covered was the importance of following ordered schedules for visitation, but we concentrated on how those schedules impact the parents of the children in question. What if you are a grandparent and you want to be involved in your grandchildren's lives or feel you are needed to ensure they are cared for properly?

Grandparents can often exercise rights to grandchildren

Grandparents love to spend time with their grandchildren. Many grandchildren have fairly free access to their grandparents. When parents decide that grandparents shouldn't see their grandchildren, there might be an issue. Of course, some grandparents don't have access to their grandchildren for other reasons. We know the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is a relationship that usually benefits the grandchildren. We will fight for the rights of grandparents when they have a legal basis for exercising their rights.

Do grandparents have any rights?

When a couple divorces, it creates a ripple effect. Suddenly, friends, coworkers and even extended family members can feel like they are caught in the middle or have to choose one person over another. Grandparents are often some of the most affected by a divorce outside of the actual couple.

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