As a grandparent, your grandchildren are very important to you. If you feel as though they are not living in a safe and secure environment, you may want to step in to ensure they are being taken care of. Our skilled family law attorneys at Hammerle Finley help grandparents with various issues involving child custody.
Since 1984, Hammerle Finley has helped grandparents with legal issues involving their grandchildren. At our firm, we can protect your rights as a grandparent.
Protecting grandparent rights in Texas
Depending on the particular facts of your case, you may have statutory or common-law rights to force grandparent access or possession.
The Texas Legislature has sought, through the Texas family code, to grant grandparents access when certain facts arise. Such action is most common when one parent is no longer involved in the child’s life.
A grandparent can file an original petition for conservatorship or access to the child, or file an intervention in an ongoing custody action. The facts of each case will dictate the manner in which to proceed.
Timing is often of the essence when determining if, how or when to proceed. Our family law attorneys can meet with you to determine what your rights are and how best to proceed to achieve your goals.
Causes for A Grandparents Rights Action
Grandparents’ legal rights are rather limited if the grandchildren are not in some sort of danger. However, if it can be proven that the custodial parent is unfit or if the child’s parent is no longer in the picture for various reasons, the grandparent may be able to successfully take legal action to secure possession or access to the child(ren). As skilled family law attorneys, we can talk to you about your options if your grandchild’s custodial parent is exhibiting problems such as:
- Drug use
- Alcohol abuse
- Child abuse
- Child sexual abuse
- Child endangerment
In these situations, grandparents may be able to seek and obtain child custody rights. Let the family law practice group at Hammerle Finley help you to remain a positive fixture in the lives of your grandchildren.