Texas statutes make no “specific” provisions for grandparents to visit with their grandchildren. However, a grandparent does have certain rights, including the ability to file a petition for visitation.
When Grandparents Can Request Visitation
Grandparents Rights in Texas
Grandparents face an up-hill battle when seeking visitation rights; this is particularly true since the Supreme Court determined that Grandparents have no ‘specific’ rights to their grandchildren. However, when parents divorce, or separate, or a parent has been accused of abusing, endangering, or neglecting a child, there may be a possibility for a Grandparent to obtain visitation or even custody in extreme cases.
Grandparents who have had actual exclusive physical possession of their grandchild(ren) for at least six months (ending not more than 90 days) before filing suit, and who have/had a close relationship with grandchild(ren) before a divorce or change in custody are more likely to be successful in court. If your child has recently gone through a divorce and no longer has physical custody of your grandchild(ren) and you believe you are being “shut out” of your grandchild(ren)’s life, we may be able to help. If you live in Montgomery County, Harris County, Walker County, Polk County, San Jacinto County, or anywhere in southeast Texas call the Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C. at 936-291-3100, and we will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you decide the best way to proceed.