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Grandparents’ rights to visitation

Grandparents play an incredibly important role in families across the state of Texas and the entire country. And while most people would argue that children benefit tremendously from the support and guidance offered by their grandparents, issues over grandparents’ rights can arise during divorce and other family law proceedings. That is why it is important for grandparents to have a basic understanding of their legal rights when it comes to visiting their grandkids.

Every case is unique, but in instances where the parents of the child are married and living together, grandparents may not automatically have the legal standing to pursue visitation rights to their grandchild. However, family law courts are willing to take particular factors into consideration if and when they determine grandparents’ visitation agreements. That being said, it can be beneficial for the entire family to attempt to develop visitation plans outside of court.

Grandparents can utilize many of the same family law resources that parents use to resolve custody and visitation disputes without litigation. For instance, mediation is often effective in establishing a visitation agreement that recognizes the best interest of the child while also acknowledging both parties’ concerns and interests. Being willing to compromise and communicate effectively is an important aspect of resolving disputes that can arise between grandparents and parents.

In the event that a grandparents’ visitation dispute goes to Texas family court, the best interest of the child will be in the heart of the case. The relationship between the child and his or her grandparents will be taken into consideration, in addition to the rights and concerns of the parents. Grandparents interested in establishing visitation rights to their grandchildren can speak with an experienced attorney today to learn about their legal rights.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Divorce Confidential: Do Grandparents Have Rights in Divorce?” Caroline Choi, Sep. 9, 2014

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