There are many situations that can lead Texas grandparents to seek custody or visitation rights with their grandchild. In some cases, the child may live with the grandparent and the grandparent wants a custody order so he or she can assert rights to such things as child support and other benefits. In other cases, a child's biological custodial parent may be preventing the child from having contact with the child's grandparents and the grandparents want court-ordered visitation so they can continue their relationship.
Whatever the circumstances may be, when grandparents believe that they need a custody or visitation order regarding a grandchild, Texas law allows the grandparents to file a petition in court in order to request it. Under the law, such petitions are allowed if the request is in the child's best interests and one of several conditions apply.