What are Your Grandparents' Rights?
Exercising Your Rights as a Grandparent
Grandparents have certain rights regarding their grandchildren following the breakup of the family, however, these can be quite limited. In terms of custody, the natural parents will have this right above all others in almost all circumstances. There are, however, times when the court finds the parents unfit or other extenuating circumstances exist that prompt custody to be awarded to a third party. As grandparents, you may petition for
visitation rights following a divorce. Even so, unless you are denied visitation by the parents entirely, the visitation schedule proposed by the parents is assumed to be more fitting than any proposed by another. This is unfortunately the case even if the visitation time allotted to you is incredibly minimal. For your best chance of having the court grant you fair visitation rights or help with custody cases, work with The Karenko Law Firm PLLC
Establishing Grandparent Rights in Galveston County, TX
Unless you acted as de facto parents, having the children stay with you for extended periods and participating in their day to day care, it can require exacting work to have your rights acknowledged. As a legal professional dedicated to helping individuals maintain their family connections, I, Attorney Karenko, will undertake this work energetically. Proving your visitation with your grandchildren is in their best interests if of prime importance and will touch upon such subject as:
- Your relationship with your grandchildren
- Your relationship with the child's parents or the custodians with whom they are residing
- The time since your last contact with your grandchildren
- Your willingness to support your grandchildren's relationship with their parents
- The time sharing arrangements already in place regarding the children and other adults
- Any history of physical, mental or sexual abuse.
The court will usually always rule in favor of the best interests of the child. If you need help protecting your rights as a grandparent, contact me, Juliann Karenko, at the Galveston County office right away.