As a grandparent, it is likely that you have grown a love for your grandchildren that is as strong as if they were your very own children. This is why it can be upsetting when you feel that the conditions your grandchildren are living in are unsuitable. In these types of cases, grandparents typically believe that they have the right to obtain conservatorship of the child. These cases always begin with the assumption that a parent, and not an extended family member, should be the one responsible for raising the child.
It is not uncommon for grandparents to seek legal help because they believe that their grandchildren's needs are not being met by either parent. The grandparents believe that the children's living situation at home is not suitable, and that they should instead take over conservatorship.
In order for a grandparent to be granted conservatorship, the court must see substantial proof that:
- The child's current environment puts their physical health or well-being at risk
- Both parents, the surviving parent, or the present managing conservator either filed the petition or agreed to the suit.
If you retain our services, we will thoroughly listen to everything you have to say concerning your grandchild's well-being and their current living situation. We can interview all witnesses regarding what they have seen or experienced regarding the child's care. A suitable witness may be a teacher, neighbor, coach or friend.
Some situations that may cause grandparents to seek conservatorship of grandchildren may include:
- A parent's drug problem
- A mentally ill parent
- An unstable living situation
- Parental neglect
- Child abuse
These types of cases can be difficult to navigate through, and require the counsel of a trusted divorce attorney. At Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, we have plenty of experience handling a variety of family law cases—including even the most complex ones. If you are a grandparent seeking the representation of a Plano family law attorney, be sure to contact our firm today!