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In Texas, grandparents have limited legal rights to visit with or raise their grandchildren. Unfortunately, grandparents often have to go to court if they want conservatorship of their grandchildren, or even visitation rights. Texas law gives the parents of children superior rights to other persons absent a compelling reason.
Custody is typically called managing conservatorship. You can seek managing conservatorship of a child either by filing your own lawsuit or by joining an existing lawsuit regarding the child in any of the following circumstances:
The 90-day requirement ensures that the six months your grandchild spent with you happened recently, and not a decade ago when your nearly-grown grandchild was just a little baby. You may have unique facts that will justify a court giving you grandparent rights, so always check with a lawyer. Do not base your decision just on what you read on the internet websites. Every case is different and your lawyer might know of changes in the law or different circumstances that might allow possession of a grandchild.
Grandparents do not have an independent right to spend time with their grandchildren unless they meet rather strict and difficult requirements. The law makes no automatic provisions for the grandparents of children whose parents have divorced or separated to have access to their grandchildren. To get visitation rights, you may file a lawsuit or join an existing lawsuit regarding your grandchild if all three of the following statements apply:
Additionally, one of the following four criteria must be met:
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Robert Reid McInvale is an experienced family law attorney with a comprehensive practice in Houston. He provides dedicated and strong advocacy for his clients, helping them with all the issues surrounding their divorce, separation, child custody, and other marriage and family matters. Attorney McInvale—Reid to clients and friends—seemed destined for a law career. Born while his father was attending Emory University Law School, Reid grew up in Manchester, GA. His father was the city attorney for many years, as well as head of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It is in the family blood to become lawyers and help people get justice. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall is part of the McInvale family tree.