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Affirming Your Rights as a Grandparent

Updated: Feb 27, 2024 @ 7:31 pm

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During our experience, we’ve found that most grandparents are in the dark about their rights as a grandparent. This assumes that they’re even aware that they have rights as a grandparent.

At Tad Nelson & Associates, we’re here to light the path.

With decades of collective experience helping grandparents assume their rights to be in the lives of their youngest loved ones, Galveston family law attorneys Tad Nelson and Amber Spurlock are here to help.

Our team is committed to giving you a full understanding of this often-overlooked area of family law. If you’re a grandmother or grandfather seeking legal advice with regard to your grandchildren, contact us. We can be reached at 409-904-0043.

An Overview of Grandparent Rights

The rights of grandparents intertwines with family values and legal precedents. The Texas Family Code lays the groundwork for these rights. You have rights! The law provides a governing balance between a grandparent’s love and a parent’s legal rights.

Visitation Rights

As far as visitation goes, Texas law treads carefully, balancing parental authority with the undeniable bond between grandparents and grandchildren.

Under certain circumstances, see Texas Family Code §153.432, a grandparent can seek court-ordered visitation. These scenarios typically hinge on the child’s well-being and what’s in their best interests.

However, getting a court-ordered visitation isn’t a straight path. It can be complex. We may even need proof that denial of visitation would significantly impair the child’s physical health or emotional well-being.

Texas law is designed this way to make it harder on grandparents. This high bar ensures that the child’s best interests are always at heart.

Acquiring Custody of the Grandkids

In turbulent situations, grandparents in Galveston County may find themselves in a position to seek custody of the child.

This end, governed by Texas Family Code §102.003(a)(9), is no small undertaking. We’ll need to prove a significant detriment to the child in their current living situation.

Often, in scenarios where parents are deemed unfit due to reasons like abuse, neglect, or substance abuse, it’ll be much easier to get the court to rule in your favor. After all, the ultimate goal of Texas family courts is to ensure the highest good for the child.

Working with Tad Nelson & Associates

Experienced Galveston Family Lawyers

Grandparents Rights Lawyer

At Tad Nelson & Associates, we’ve practice law in Galveston family courts since 1991.

We’ve had multiple firsthand experiences assisting grandparents with the assumption of their rights.

With over 30 years of experience, we’ve adapted our strategies to effective and we know what it takes to raise our chances of securing a favorable ruling.

Every grandparent’s journey is unique, and so is our approach. Whether it’s a case of seeking visitation or custody, our strategies are as varied as the families we represent.

We’ll look at the specifics of your case, from examining the history of the family dynamics to understanding the individual needs of the grandchildren involved.

This way, we’ll be in a great position to appeal to your interests as your counselor of record.

Advocacy Rooted in Expertise

Our advocacy is powered by knowledge and experience. Staying abreast of the latest legal developments is more than a professional requirement; it’s a passion that drives us. We regularly review changes in the law, ensuring our clients benefit from the most current and comprehensive legal strategies.

If you’re like most folks, you love your family. As lawyers, people tend to forget that we’re people too. We understand and want to help.

If you have a situation concerning your rights as a grandparent in Galveston County, don’t hesitate to reach out to our legal team.

Contact us at 409-904-0043 to schedule a consultation where we can discuss your specific situation and explore the legal avenues available to you.



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