As a grandparent, you cherish your relationship with your grandchild as special and different than any of your other close relationships. When divorce or separation enters the picture for your grandchild's family, it is wise to make sure you understand what rights you do and do not have to continue interacting with the grandchild. In Texas, grandchild visitation rights may be available, depending on a number of factors.
As we recently discussed, grandparents have limited rights to be involved in the life of a grandchild. It is necessary for grandparents who want to exercise their rights as grandparents to learn about what the law says regarding these situations. We know that it isn't easy to sit back and wait while you try to get things worked out, but this is often necessary.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.