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Caring for your grandkids while their parent is deployed

As a grandparent in San Antonio, maintaining contact with your grandchildren following the divorce of your adult child can be a challenge. That challenge may become even more difficult if your son or daughter is a member of the military and subject to deployment. Many in your same situation have come to us here at The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C. worried that they will not be able to see their grandchildren while the kids’ mom or dad is away. If your son or daughter shares a rocky relationship with his or her ex-spouse, you may have the same concern.

If you have been granted grandparent visitation rights by a Texas family court, then you have no need to worry; you son or daughter’s ex-spouse must continue to honor that arrangement. However, your son or daughter may need to ask you to assume his or her visitation schedule while he or she is away. The Texas Family Code does allow his or her regular visitation schedule to be temporarily transferred to you so that it may continue as though he or she were still there.

When assuming your son or daughter’s visitation schedule while he or she is deployed, you are expected to perform regular parental duties, including:

  •          Feeding, dressing and sheltering the kids
  •          Controlling their behavior and disciplining them (if necessary)
  •          Consenting to any needed emergency medical, dental or surgical treatment.

It is also expected that you will follow any guidelines of his or her custody agreement that restrict another’s access to your grandchildren (even if the restricted person is another of your sons or daughters).

More information on seeing your grandkids during their parent’s deployment can be found here on our site. 

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