Grandparents often build a close bond with their grandchildren, and separation can strain both the grandparent and grandchild emotionally. Though state laws vary, grandparents maintain the right of grandchild visitation as long as a court agrees that the relationship does not harm the child.
Reasons to Seek Visitation or Custody
- Divorce: When parents divorce, one parent may try to keep your grandchild from visiting. Even if your child does not have custody of your grandchild, you may still be eligible for visitation rights.
- Abuse or neglect: If your grandchild was abused or neglected by a parent and was removed from the parent’s custody, you may still have the right to remain in contact with that child.
- Absent parent: If a parent of your grandchild is absent due to jail time, death, or another circumstance, you may discover the need to request custody or visitation.
Even if you are granted visitation rights, it is important to note that the amount of time of your visits may be set by a court. Also, if your grandchild lives with you or has lived with you for more than a 6 month period, it may be in the child’s best interest for you to seek custody rather than visitation rights.
Contact a Lawyer
At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, we understand the importance of maintaining a relationship with your loved ones, and we are happy to help you resolve visitation or custody issues. Contact our Houston family lawyers by calling (713) 766-5355.