Family law issues are sensitive and complicated, particularly those pertaining to child custody and visitation. Any time there are children involved, there are also strong emotions involved as well, and it can be difficult for a Texas family to reach a reasonable conclusion regarding their concerns.
One of the most complex custody-related challenges that families can face involves the rights of grandparents. Grandparents can play an important role in the life of their grandchildren, yet when the kids' parents' divorce or decide to restrict access it can compromise this relationship. If you are a grandparent, you may find it beneficial to understand more about how you can protect and preserve this important relationship.
How does a court decide on access and visitation?
When parents deny grandparents access to their grandchildren, it could be for various reasons. In some cases, it is the result of a dispute or difficult divorce. Whether the grandparents simply want time with their grandkids or believe it is the best interests of the kids to seek custody for numerous reasons, there are many factors to take into consideration.
When these complicated matters come before the court, the main priority is always the protection of the best interests of any minor children. In order to do this, the judge will consider many things, including the following:
- The relationship between the children and the grandparents
- The physical capabilities of the grandparents
- The emotional, physical and mental well-being of the child
- The wishes of the children
- Any evidence of abuse or neglect from either the parents or grandparents
- Evidence of a substance abuse problem of either of the parents or grandparents
- The effect of a move or custody change on a child's school
After careful consideration, the judge may decide that it is in the best interests of the child to have regular visitation time with you. In extreme circumstances, the judge may grant you custody rights if the child's biological parents are unable to appropriately care for him or her for any reason.
Protecting a special relationship
You love your grandchildren, and anything that threatens your relationship with them can be disheartening and frustrating. If you believe that you have a case to seek visitation or even full custody of your grandkids, you would be wise not to take this journey alone. With support and experienced guidance, you can effectively navigate the nuances of Texas family laws and seek an outcome that benefits your family.