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Grandparents' rights are fairly new in the family law field

When many people hear about grandparents' rights, they assume that the issue is for grandparents who are being nosy and trying to force their way into a grandchild's life. This isn't always the case. In certain instances, the grandparents trying to assert their grandparents' rights is one of the best things that can happen to the grandchildren.

Grandparents' rights are actually something that is fairly new in the family law field. There isn't any backing for these rights in the U.S. Constitution, so grandparents must rely on the laws of Texas if the issue they have is here.

There are many reasons why grandparents might feel the need to file for grandparents rights. One of these is when the grandparent's child has passed away and the grandchild's other parent is keeping the child away from the grandparents. Another instance would be if the child's parents were addicted to drugs and the grandparents were trying to step in to help raise the child.

No matter what the issue is that is leading up to grandparents wanting to have court ordered way to be involved in the grandchild's life, the orders have to be in the best interests of the child. There is a chance that the court wouldn't consider these cases if both of the child's parents are in agreement that the grandparents shouldn't have contact with the child. This can be a difficult situation, but it is reality for some grandparents.

If you think that you need to try to push for grandparents' rights, find out your options and how the court might view your case. This is a good starting point so that you can decide how to address the issues you have regarding your grandchildren.

Source: American Grandparents Association, "Your Guide to Grandparent Rights," accessed June 26, 2017

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