Grandparent Rights

 

The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is time-honored and sacred in family structures throughout the world. Grandparents are often relied upon to care for their grandchildren when parents are, for whatever reason, not up to the task. Most of the time, families are able to work things out amongst themselves and never see the inside of a courtroom. There are times however, that such agreements are not possible.  Sometimes, the needs and safety of the child are in such jeopardy that grandparents must take legal action to make sure their grandchildren are safe.  When those times come, it is essential that grandparents seeking rights to their grandchildren hire attorneys who truly know and understand this complex and developing area of family law.

Grandparent custody is arguably one of the most complex and difficult to understand topics in Texas family law.  A parent’s right to parent their children as they see fit is a constitutionally protected right.  As a result, the Texas legislature intentionally set a very high burden for grandparents to meet before they can ask a court to give them legal rights to their grandchildren. Oftentimes, lawyers and even judges are confused about the law on grandparent rights.  The law can be easily misapplied, sometimes to the detriment of the child.

At Hennan Culp, we understand how important your relationship with your grandchildren is.  We believe that superior knowledge in the realm of grandparent rights—more so than anywhere else in the Family Code-is the key to the best possible outcome.