It can be hard for some grandparents to have access to their grandchildren since the law focuses on the parent’s right to make decisions regarding the best interest of the children. However, there are legal reasons to pursue your right as a grandparent that are designed to help protect the best interest of the child.
Enlisting the counsel of an accomplished Dallas grandparents’ rights attorney can help you exercise your rights to be a part of your grandchildren’s life. Lisa Garza has more than 25 years of legal experience helping grandparents pursue visitation and custody.
If you are seeking custody of your grandchild there are some legal options you can pursue. One of the simplest ways to approach this is to have the parents of the child grant you power of attorney. You can also petition the court to have custody granted to you. It is also possible to have the parents agree that you should have access to the children or that the child should live with you.
Common Reasons for Grandparent’s to Pursue Custody
The courts can grant you visitation or custody as a grandparent if the parents are:
- In jail
- Not mentally competent
- Abusing the children
- Abandoning the children
- Terminating parental rights
Can A Parent Deny A Grandparent Visitation?
The ability of a parent to deny visitation to a grandparent varies depending on the laws of the jurisdiction and the specific circumstances involved. In many jurisdictions, grandparents may have the right to seek visitation with their grandchildren under certain conditions, but these rights are not absolute and can be subject to limitations imposed by state laws.
In the United States, for example, some states have specific laws that allow grandparents to petition for visitation rights if certain conditions are met, such as when the parents are divorced, separated, or deceased, or if the child's parents are unfit or pose a danger to the child. However, these laws vary widely by state, and the requirements for granting visitation rights to grandparents can be complex.
In general, courts consider the best interests of the child when deciding whether to grant visitation rights to grandparents. Factors such as the relationship between the child and the grandparent, the child's wishes (if they are old enough to express them), the reasons for denying visitation, and the overall well-being of the child are often taken into account.
It's important to consult with a family law attorney in your jurisdiction to understand your rights and options regarding grandparent visitation. The laws and procedures regarding grandparent visitation rights can be complex and vary significantly by jurisdiction, so it's best to seek legal advice tailored to your specific situation.
We Can Help
At the Law Offices of Lisa G. Garza, P.C., our Dallas grandparents’ rights lawyer can help you pursue the best possible outcome for your grandchildren. We pursue legal options outside of the court to help you save time and money. Our Denton County family law attorney can provide you with updates on your case and keep you informed of any new developments.