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Reviewing grandparent visitation in Texas

From property division to adoption and spousal support, there are many family law issues that Americans deal with. However, for grandparents who cannot spend time with their grandchildren in San Antonio, and the rest of Texas, family legal issues can be particularly emotional. For grandparents who are in this position, recognizing grandparents' rights and taking the wisest course of action as soon as they can is important.

According to the Texas Attorney General's site, there are a number of situations where courts may grant visitation rights to grandparents who want to spend time with their grandchildren. If granting visitation rights to a grandparent is in the best interests of the child, a court may authorize visitation if the child's parents are divorced, the child was neglected or abused by a parent or the child has been incarcerated. Other conditions include whether a court order has terminated the child's relationship with their parents and if they have lived with their grandparent for a minimum of six months.

The Texas Constitution and Statutes' website also provides useful information concerning the rights of grandparents. For example, biological and adoptive grandparents can file suit to request access to or possession of their grandchild. However, they must also fill out an affidavit that shows how a child's emotional well-being or health would be substantially impaired by the denial of their request. For grandparents who are serious about securing visitation rights to see their grandchildren, thoroughly understanding how state law could affect their set of circumstances is critical.

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