GRANDPARENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO FIGHT FOR CUSTODY OF A GRANDCHILD  

  By Terry Belt and Laura Alexandra Parton Attorneys At Law

Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. They also have the right to sue for managing conservatorship under Texas statutes if there is proof that a biological parent’s circumstances make the parent unable to care for a child.

While most states favor a child remaining with the parent, above all else, the court will consider what is in the best interest of the child. Family courts will recognize and award managing conservatorship to devoted grandparents when a parent cannot offer a safe, stable home environment to a child.

The process is complicated. It is important to find an experienced family attorney when seeking custody of your grandchild. The attorney should make every effort to work collaboratively towards a loving solution whenever a child is involved –regardless of the amount of time you require to make a sound decision. A responsible and compassionate attorney should offer a no cost consultation to assess your situation.

About your authors: Terry Belt is an accomplished attorney with four decades of experience in family law and trial practice in the Texas family courts. Terry’s weekly radio show The Family Bridge on 101 FM, 1120 AM provides valuable and inspirational information to many listeners. Laura Alexandra Parton, fluent in English and Spanish, is a fierce but kindly champion of families facing child custody and CPS challenges. 

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