Protecting Grandparents’ Rights
When custody disputes flare up between mothers and fathers, grandparents often feel left out of the picture. Worse, they risk losing contact with their grandchildren if their own child has his or her parental rights limited or cut off.
As an experienced family law attorney, I understand the concerns grandparents have and can provide you with the answers and advocacy you need. With law offices in Plano, I serve clients in Collin, Denton and Dallas counties, and throughout surrounding areas.
When Does a Grandparent Have Rights?
In custody proceedings, parents have the strongest rights. There are, however, circumstances in which a grandparent has the standing to pursue custody and/or visitation. Some of these situations include:
- The parent has substance abuse problems
- There is a history of parental abuse or neglect
- The parent is in jail
- The parent is otherwise incompetent
- The parent’s rights have been terminated by court order
- The grandchild has lived with the grandparent for a least six months
The deciding factor in grandparents’ rights cases, as with any child custody matter, is what is in the best interests of the child. There are some situations when, frankly, a grandparent does not have rights. In such cases, it may be best to try to work with the child’s parent to try to mend the relationship. As a child custody attorney with more than 30 years of experience, I can help you understand your rights and provide you with the strong representation you need.
Speak With an Attorney Who Understands What Is at Stake
I understand the special nature of the grandparent-grandchild bond and I am here to provide you with the advice and advocacy you need. To arrange your initial consultation, please call my Plano law office at 972-845-8014 or contact me online.