How Can We Get Custody of Our Grandchildren?
As parents, we do the best we can to raise our kids to be responsible, self-sufficient adults. We strive to teach them right from wrong and to instill in them a sense of self-accountability. We try to give them the tools they need to succeed, including confidence to stretch their wings and advice to help them avoid making the same mistakes we made.
But the values we try to impart on our kids don't always stick. Quite often, young adults stumble a few times before finding stability. While you may be willing to let your offspring suffer the consequences of their choices — and hopefully learn from them — the situation takes on a very different character when you add grandchildren to the mix.
What are my options?
It's a tough balancing act. On one hand, you want your adult child to learn from the experience, but at the same time you don't want your grandchildren to do without basic necessities or be subjected to dangerous conditions.
Other than moving them all into your house, you essentially have three options:
- Petition a court for temporary custody
- Report them to Texas Child Protective Services
- Do nothing
For most grandparents, doing nothing is not an option. If you are worried that your adult child's poor judgment will cause irreparable harm to your grandchildren, the best option is to petition a court for temporary custody.
Deciding to bypass protective services
Texas has an excellent system in place to protect children. Having said that, the inevitable red tape in a large government agency can be frustrating and counter-productive. Additionally, referring the family to protective services means the grandchildren will be subject to their procedures and rules. If you are in a position to petition the court directly, you will retain greater control and decision-making authority during the process.
Advocating for you to get custody
Going to court to get custody of your grandkids may not be what you planned for your retirement, but it's certainly better for your grandchildren than being in questionable situations with their parents or placed in the custody of the state. Our experienced Brazos family law attorneys guide you through the court system to seek custody of your grandchildren.
Call today for more information about getting custody of grandchildren
We help families navigate the Texas legal system and reach stability. At Peterson Law Group, we have significant experience handling complicated family law issues, including child custody, visitation and support. Call 979-703-7014 today for an appointment to discuss your situation and learn more about applying for custody, or visit us online to request a meeting.