PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF GRANDPARENTS & OTHER CLOSE RELATIVES | DALLAS FAMILY LAW
When parents get a divorce, a couple with children breaks up, or one parent passes away, it will cause major changes to the family situation. Most people are very familiar with child custody orders, and how they establish the rights and responsibilities of each parent regarding things like child support, parenting time, legal decision making and much more. What many people fail to realize, however, is that extended family members may also enjoy certain legal rights to the children.
Grandparents, for example, can demand that they are allowed to be involved with the lives of their grandchildren in a variety of ways. These rights aren’t just restricted to grandparents either. Aunts and Uncles of a child, as well as other close family members, can get these types of rights.
What Types of Rights do Extended Family Have?
Not surprisingly, the rights that extended family have to children are typically going to be somewhat limited. The courts would much prefer that the parents of children decide to include the extended family in the lives of the kids, but when that doesn’t happen, the courts may step in. When a court does grant grandparents or other family members rights, it will normally be simple visitation. This could include being able to see the children for a few hours each month, or it may even include an overnight.
Judges typically have a lot of discretion in this area, which is why it is so important to have a strong argument prepared before entering the court. Establishing things like a pre-existing relationship with the child, and proving that it is in the best interest of the child to have that relationship continue is very important.
Extended family is extremely important to children, and fighting for your right to that relationship is very important for both you and the kids. If you would like to learn more about grandparents or other extended family rights, please contact us right away or call at (214) 347-8788 to review your situation and begin creating an effective argument for you.