In many families in Texas and around the country, grandparents are the unsung heroes of families. Many grandparents never plan on becoming de facto parents again; however, unforeseen circumstances often thrust them into that role. When push comes to shove, grandparents who are fighting for the welfare of their grandchildren might have to ask a judge to assert their grandparents' rights in a custody or visitation case.
For one elderly couple, the inability to convince a judge that their great-grandson should live with them rather than the boy's father led to tragic circumstances. The couple's granddaughter, the mother of their great-grandson, was going through difficulties with substance abuse. However, her grandparents thought she was making progress and wanted her to ultimately be a part of her son's life.