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Grandparents Rights and Custody

Grandparents can play an important role in helping raise a grandchild. When the relationship goes from helping to raising the grandchild without help from the parents, that is when a Grandparent should know their rights.

Visitation statutes do not give a grandparent an absolute right to visitation with a grandchild however, in Texas, a court can authorize visitation with the child or a primary custodial relationship with a child if:

1. the parents are divorced

2. the parent abused or neglected the child

3. the parent is in jail

4. the child has lived with the grandparent for at least 6 months

Every case involves a unique set of facts and any party seeking court intervention should get a consult with a family lawyer to understand their rights.

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