Protecting Grandparents’ Rights
Unfortunately, when parents get divorced and primary child custody is awarded to one parent, the parents of the noncustodial parent often find it hard to maintain relationships with their grandchildren. Here in Texas, the rights of grandparents frequently change, so it is important to work with a skilled family law attorney if you are a grandparent with questions about visitation or custody.
McKinney grandparents’ rights lawyer Richard Weaver has 43 years of Texas family law experience. He stays up-to-date on the changes that are continually made to the laws of grandparents’ rights. He has helped many grandmothers and grandfathers secure the right to see their grandchildren, and he may be able to do the same for you.
When Might A Grandparent Request Parenting Time In Texas?
In Texas, as in all other states, parents have the right to exclude grandparents from seeing their grandchildren. It is presumed that a parent is fit to make decisions regarding his or her children, and the choice to deny visitation to a grandparent is one of those decisions.
However, there are a number of scenarios in which a grandparent can go to court to seek parenting time ( visitation or outright child custody):
- If the parents are divorced or the divorce is pending
- If the child’s parent is in jail or declared legally incompetent
- If the child’s parent has died
- If the child is being abused or neglected by a parent
- If the child has resided with the grandparent for at least six of the 24 months preceding the request to the court
McKinney family lawyer Richard Weaver believes strongly that the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is vital and beneficial. He is ready to sit down with you and explain the complex laws on grandparent visitation and advise you of your legal options for nurturing that relationship.
Contact Attorney Richard Weaver Today
If you are a grandparent and you would like to explore the possibility of establishing visitation rights or even custody rights to your grandchild, attorney Richard Weaver is ready to speak with you about your options. To arrange your free initial consultation with an experienced Texas family lawyer, call 972-562-0935 or contact Richard Weaver online.