If you are a grandparent, your grandchildren are probably one of the greatest sources of joy in your life, and you are no doubt a great source of love, wisdom, and support for them. But what happens when your grandchildren are being withheld from you? This can happen when your child divorces and has limited access to their children, or if your child passes away and their surviving spouse shuts you out from your grandchildren's lives.
Another difficult scenario arises when your grandchildren's parents are not caring for them properly, to the extent that the children's well-being is in danger. Do you have any rights to step in and protect your grandchildren?
At May and May, we understand how precious your grandchildren are to you, and how painful it can be to be separated from them. We can help you understand what rights you have regarding access to your grandchildren, and advocate to protect those rights when possible.
If you believe it is necessary to seek primary custody of your grandchildren, you must prove that your grandchildren's parents are not stable or responsible enough to properly care for your grandchildren. More specifically, you must be able to prove that if the children remain with their parent(s), they are at risk of significant harm to their physical or emotional well-being. Then you must also establish that you are the best-suited person to have custody of your grandchildren.
As mentioned, these are challenging burdens to meet. The attorneys at May and May will advise you candidly as to your likelihood of success, and do everything within our power to help you and your grandchildren.
A Texas court has the power to order visitation between a grandparent and grandchild if that visitation is in the child’s best interests, and one of the following situations exists:
Texas statutes do not grant an absolute right to visitation for grandparents. If a child has been adopted by someone other than a stepparent, the grandparent has no legal right to seek visitation.
The attorneys of May and May represent grandparents in Collin County and Denton County in matters relating to their ability to spend time with and care for their grandchildren.
Attorney Marc May is Board Certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has over 30 years of practice experience in family law matters, including grandparent rights.
May and May serves clients in Collin County, Denton County, and the surrounding areas of North Texas. We invite you to explore our website and to contact our law firm to learn more about how we can help you.