Grandparent Rights Denton County

Grandparent Rights Denton County

Grandparent Rights Denton CountyGrandparents offer their grandchildren a link to their family heritage and history. They are often the rock and foundation on which a family is founded. Grandparents have a special bond with their grandchildren that can last a lifetime. Often a grandparent can get through to a child even when their parents cannot, and children listen more readily to their grandparents. Sadly, during a divorce, the grandparent-grandchild relationship also suffers. Parents sometimes lose sight of how their children are suffering and restrict access to grandparents as a way to punish their soon to be ex-spouse. If this is something you are experiencing, you should know that as a grandparent you have rights. There are avenues available to you to try to remedy this situation. You should seek the help of an expert attorney who is recommended in Denton County to advise you on how best to make sure you are getting what you are entitled to as a grandparent.

 

The attorneys at Scroggins Law Group, PLLC are well versed in family law including grandparentsí rights. They have decades of experience to draw from when advising you on how to best proceed with your case. Two of the attorneys at Scroggins Law Group, PLLC, Mark Scroggins and John Withers, are board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Only about 8% of Texas Lawyers have achieved board certification in one of the twenty-two select areas of law. The attorneys at Scroggins Law Group, PLLC are also very familiar with the courts in Denton County, frequently practicing law in Denton and staying up to date on what goes on in the court system and community.

 

Grandparents play an important role in their grandchildrenís life.† Unfortunately, this role and relationship are often fractured during divorce proceedings. If you were spending a significant amount of time with your grandchild before their parents were going through a divorce and you are now being restricted from seeing your grandchild, you may be able to petition the court for possession of and access to your grandchild. A grandparent faces many challenges when trying to assert their rights because a courtís default is to trust the judgment of the parent. Without the parentís consent for you to see the grandchild, it can be an uphill battle. It is important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. The attorneys at Scroggins Law Group, PLLC will sit down with you and advise you on how to best achieve your goal. They will help you form a plan to assert your rights using their expertise and experience and familiarity with the courts.

 

Grandparents also at times are the best person to have custody of their grandchild. It may be in the best interest of the child for them to live with you if their parents are not able to take care of them. In that case, you might want to petition the court for the custody of your grandchild. According to the Texas Family Code, you may qualify for this in a few different ways. If you have been the person who has had the actual care, control, and possession of the subject child for at least six months and those six months have not ended more than 90 days before the filing of the suit, you can petition the court for the custody of your grandchild. You might also have standing if the childís parents are deceased, if the childís parents consent to you having custody of the child, or if the childís present circumstances are a danger to the childís physical or emotional health.

 

Regardless of whether you are seeking custody of your grandchild or just possession of and access to them, it will be imperative that you show the court that what you are seeking is in the best interest of the child. Whenever a child is involved in a case, their best interest is always priority number one for the courts. You will need to show that restriction of the child, who is the subject of the suit, from their relationship with you would cause damage to the childís physical or emotional well-being. A great attorney can show you how to best present this to the court so that they will see the damage that is being caused to the child by not being able to see you, their grandparent. The court will consider the parent-child relationship as well as the grandparent-child relationship when making their decision. You will need to overcome the assumption that what the parent is deciding for their child is best. This is not impossible but is a challenge and is best achieved with the help of expert legal advice and someone familiar with the courts and judges where you will be petitioning for custody or possession of and access to your grandchild.

 

Each case is unique and the attorneys at Scroggins Law Group, PLLC tailor their work to fit the individual needs of their client. They work hard to achieve what their clients want and maintain an open line of communication so that the client remains aware of what is going on with their case. It is important to feel comfortable with your attorney and it is great to know that you have someone on your side fighting for what you want. The staff at Scroggins Law Group, PLLC works together so that you are getting the expertise and experience of not one person, but several. Their clients are their top priority.

 

If you are a grandparent who is currently being restricted from seeing your grandchild or you believe it is in your grandchildís best interest for you to have custody of them, set up an initial consultation with one of the experienced, knowledgeable, highly recommended Denton County grandparent rights attorneys at Scroggins Law Group, PLLC. We are offering initial consultations in person, over the phone, or via video conferencing applications such as Zoom, Skype, or Microsoft Teams. They will be happy to sit down with you and talk to you about your circumstances and advise you on how to best proceed. Scroggins Law Group, PLLC can be reached by phone at 214-469-3100 or online at scrogginslawgroup.com.

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