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Grandparent's Rights and Grandparent's Custody
Is there such a thing as grandparent's rights in North Texas?
Are you a grandparent who is concerned about the welfare of your grandchild? Are you a grandparent who, for whatever reason, has been denied access to your grandchildren by your own child or by your child’s spouse? Are you unsure about whether you have any rights as a grandparent and are looking for expert support and guidance in this matter?
If the answer to any, or all, of the above questions is yes, then you are in the right place.
The short and important answer to whether or not grandparents have rights to custody and whether they have a chance of winning a visitation battle in order to see their grandchildren in the US is… yes.
If you are a grandparent and you have been denied access to your grandchildren, you do have rights and a court of law can help you to gain access to those rights.
One important concern that always comes up when grandparents are enquiring about their rights in this area relates to the United States Supreme Court decision in the 2000 case of Troxel v. Granville. The Supreme Court in this case decided that the Washington visitation statute violated the due process rights of parents to raise their children. This case and similar decisions by state courts have caused several state legislatures to consider bills that would modify or completely revise the visitation rights for grandparents in those states.
Therefore, it is always important for grandparents who seek to attain visitation rights to check the current status of state legislation in their respective states. This is when the guidance and expertise of a US law firm becomes necessary and this US law firm has a vast array of experience in the area of grandparent custody and visitation rights. This is why we recommend that you contact one of our dedicated lawyers directly today.
As an overview of the different factors that US law takes into consideration when deciding on whether to grant visitation rights or custody of grandchildren to their grandparents is broadly covered by the following areas.
This list is intended to act as a simple overview so that you have a general idea about the various different factors involved. The list is by no means exhaustive and grandparent visitation rights cannot be covered entirely here. More information can be uncovered when speaking with a lawyer in person about your particular case.
However, in short, grandparent visitation rights and custody laws are affected by the following factors:
- The needs of the child, including considerations of physical and emotional health of the child, the safety of the child, and the welfare of the child
- The capability of the parents and/or grandparents to meet the needs of the child
- The wishes of the parent(s) and the grand-parent(s)
- The wishes of the child, if the child is capable of making decisions for himself or herself
- The strength of the relationship between the grandparent(s) and grandchild
- The length of the relationship between the grandparent(s) and grandchild
- Evidence of abuse or neglect by the parent(s) or grandparent(s)
- Evidence of substance abuse by the parent(s) or grandparent(s)
- The child's adjustment to the home, school, or community
- The ability of the parent(s) or grandparent(s) to provide love, affection, and contact with the child
- The distance between the child and the parent(s) or grandparent(s)
If you wish to pursue your case to win visitation rights for or custody of your grandchildren, contact one of our dedicated lawyers today.