Austin, Texas, Grandparents Rights Lawyer
Divorce and separation affect family members outside of the parent-child family unit. Even when a grandparent plays a significant role in raising a child or spends considerable time with the child, the grandparent or other non-parent relative, is not ordinarily included in child custody proceedings. At the Morrison Law Firm, in Austin, Texas, we help clients across difficult barriers and obtain effective resolutions to their concerns.
We offer more than nineteen years of experience handling delicate family law issues for clients in Central Texas. While we are always dedicated to going the extra mile to help our clients achieve their goals, we never offer unrealistic optimism or empty promises. From the very beginning, we are straightforward about the law and the foreseeable outcomes so that clients can make informed decisions about moving forward in their pursuit of grandparent access (visitation) or grandparent custody. Contact us to discuss your concerns with an experienced Texas family law attorney.
Grandparent Access ∙ Grandparent Visitation Rights
Divorce or death of a child's parent can dramatically affect the relationship between grandparent and grandchild, especially when there is a rift between the custodial parent and the grandparent. When the custodial parent denies grandparent access to the child, the court may step in and grant visitation rights. In most cases, however, if the custodial parent objects to grandparent visitation, courts tend to side with the custodial parent. The court may step in and grant grandparent visitation rights if it can be proved that denying the child access to his or her grandparent would significantly impair the child's health and well-being.
Grandparent Child Custody
Drugs, alcohol abuse, chemical dependency, neglect and other types of parental misconduct are behaviors that a parent never wants to admit about their own child. However, when a grandchild's life is affected by these issues, it is sometimes necessary to step forward. Because granting custody to a grandparent or other third party would require terminating the parental rights of the biological parents, the courts take special caution in grandparent child custody cases. The court considers the following to determine what is in the child's best interest:
- Will the child's health or well-being be endangered in the custody of the parent?
- Will the child's life be improved by living with the grandparent rather than with the parent?
Contact Us for an Honest, Experienced Attorney
Schedule an initial consultation with attorney Greg Morrison at the Morrison Law Firm. Call 512-328-3030 or contact us online today.