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The Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship in a Texas Divorce

The Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship in a Texas Divorce

Divorce can have far-reaching consequences, reaching beyond the parties to the divorce and their children. Minor children often form strong bonds with grandparents, bonds that are customarily mutual. As a result, in the aftermath of divorce, a child (and a grandparent) can feel a powerful sense of loss, when that relationship either ends or becomes limited. When you need help, contact a family law attorney about your Texas divorce.

Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship in a Texas Divorce

Like other states, Texas has enacted laws governing custody and visitation by grandparents of minor children of divorce. A judge in a divorce proceeding in Texas has the discretion to grant visitation rights with a grandparent, but the grandparent must first show that doing so is in the child’s best interests. Once that has been established, it must also be shown that one of the following situations exists:

  • The child’s parents are divorced
  • The child’s parents neglected or abused the child
  • One of the child’s parents is incarcerated, dead or has been found legally incompetent
  • The court has terminate the parent-child relationship
  • The child has resided with the grandparent for at least six months before the visitation request

The right of visitation by a grandparent is always at the discretion of the court. Furthermore, if the minor child is adopted by anyone other than the child’s stepparent, all grandparent rights terminate.

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At the office of Linda Stewart Law, PLLC, in Baytown, we bring more than 8 years of experience to clients in south Texas. To learn how we can help, call our office at 281-761-6042 or contact us online. We offer an initial consultation at a reduced fee of $50. We accept credit cards and will set up a payment plan, if appropriate. Our family law attorney office is open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and until noon on Fridays. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged upon request.

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