San Antonio Grandparents’ Rights Attorneys
Grandparents do not have guaranteed legal rights to visit their grandchildren. In Texas, the court can grant grandparents visitation rights or full physical custody of a child. Even if the grandparents establish a relationship with the child early on, if the child’s parents get a divorce, one set of grandparents could lose their connection to the child. In this case, grandparents seek visitation rights for the child. Physical custody is generally only an option if the parents are negligent or in some other way unable to properly care for the child.
As a grandparent, you have a special relationship with your grandchild and deserve to be a part of the child’s life. If the child’s parents are trying to keep your grandchild from you, you will need the help of the law to protect your right to be part of your grandchild’s life. Grandparents’ rights cases are complicated and highly emotional, meaning you need an attorney who is familiar with these types of cases on your side. At Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P., our experienced San Antonio grandparents’ rights attorneys will do everything we can to help you and your family get the outcome you deserve.
Factors in Grandparents’ Rights Cases
In matters concerning a child’s well-being, the best interests of the child are always the deciding factor in court. However, the best interests of the child are not always clear; decisions about custody and visitation rights can vary from court to court. Some of the most important factors in deciding the best interests of the child can include:
- The past relationship between the grandparents and child
- The emotional and physical ability of the grandparents to provide for the child
- The preferences of the child if the child is at least 12 years old
- The physical distance between the child and the grandparents
- Any evidence of physical abuse or substance abuse by the parents
- Any evidence of neglect or the inability to care for the child by the parents
The court is generally more willing to work with grandparents to provide visitation rights. If grandparents are seeking physical custody, or conservatorship, the grandparents must prove the parents are unable to care for the child and provide a stable home environment. Each custody case is different, but a knowledgeable lawyer can help guide you through the particulars of your case and help determine what is best for your family.
Contact a San Antonio Grandparents’ Rights Attorney
At Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P., we understand that the most important part of your life is your family. Our compassionate custody rights attorneys want to make sure you are able to do what is best for your family. We will do everything we can to protect your right to be part of your grandchild’s life. Please do not hesitate to contact our San Antonio offices at (210) 349-9933 today.