Often when visitation rights are being finalized in the Texas courts between the parents, a noticeable absence is felt with the grandparents. Typically, grandparents are forgotten about, or it is expected that the parents will bring their children to their grandparents, which isn’t necessarily the case. However, some grandparents, in their quest to maintain visitation rights, often get more than they bargained for and instead gain full custody rights.
Just ask one couple, who, upon finding out that their 2-year-old granddaughter was getting surgery after swallowing a camera battery, rushed to visit their daughter. They took care of their granddaughter for a while, hoping that their daughter would be able to take care of her daughter eventually. However, finally, they adopted their granddaughter as their own and have since have done their best to raise her.In doing so, they have been presented with numerous difficulties. Part of these difficulties they originally foresaw, such as the financial troubles that they faced and were able to overcome, thanks to various programs and support systems available to them. Sometimes they experienced other issues that caught them unawares, such as the differences between the generation gaps. However, for the most part, these various problems, though challenging, are worth it to the grandparents, who only want to see their grandchildren succeed.Most Texas grandparents want to be able to spend time with their grandchildren and obtain visitation rights. This is especially true if the grandparents provided a temporary home for the children in a time of need during divorce. For some grandparents, this can eventually become full custody rights. This can be a daunting task at first, but as most of these grandparents will attest to, there is nothing better in the world than being a grandparent who is actively supporting their grandchildren’s lives.
Source: Deseret News, “Bringing them up as their own: Grandparents raising grandchildren,” Rachel Lowry, Aug. 5, 2012