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October 2015 Archives

Assisting grandparents exercise their rights

There is no doubt that the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is unique, but in child custody cases, the rights of grandparents are not always clear. Sometimes, it is necessary to turn to an experienced attorney to guide grandparents through the legal maze.

What rights do grandparents have after parents divorce?

When a couple ends their marriage with one another, perhaps their feelings and their children's wellbeing is their focus at that emotional time, so family members such as grandparents might end up in the dark. Many grandparents in Texas have strong and healthy bonds with their grandchildren, and after a divorce, they are suddenly left with few options with regard to visiting their grandchildren or having their grandchildren visit them, especially if the divorce was a messy one. In some limited circumstances, grandparents may wish to take custody of the children. But, what exactly are the rights of grandparents in child custody cases? There is no straightforward answer to this question.

Basics of the stepparent adoption process

There is not one single blueprint for a family. There are many different way a family makeup can differ from the next, but none of these devaluate the affection and love a family unit can possess. When two people enter into marriage with children already in the mix, there can be some question of how exactly a stepparent can legally adopt their spouse's children.