It’s not uncommon in Texas for there to be a child custody disagreement between parents. In some instances, however, that disagreement extends to others such as grandparents. This can occur for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the parents were not able to care for the child, had legal problems, personal problems or were simply absent from the child’s life. It is wise to follow the law when trying to receive custody or visitation rights to see a child in all circumstances, whether the parents are the ones who are pursuing it or it is another relative or potential guardian.
Whether it happened reluctantly or not, the grandparents might have become the surrogate parents and cared for the child. As often happens, they grew attached and want to continue either caring for the child as the legal guardian or would like to have grandparents’ rights for visitation. This can result in a dispute. Of course, the best interests of the child are paramount and if that includes making certain that the grandparents have the right to see the child or have outright custody, it is imperative that the right legal steps are taken to make that a reality.
Emotions can be difficult matters when it comes to children and how they are cared for. Understanding how the law views these issues is key when moving forward with a case to receive visitation rights or custody. Although it might be difficult, accruing evidence to show why the child would be better-served to live with or have a regular relationship with the grandparents requires legal knowledge and experience in child custody proceedings.
Every situation is different and the best case scenario is always that the case is resolved amicably. That is not always possible. Speaking to a legal professional regarding all the potential options for visitation, custody, and other issues is the first step for a grandparent to make certain that a grandchild is cared for properly and is living in a caring, nurturing household.