- State of Texas Legislators
- United States of America
Currently the State of Texas standards are too restrictive and ignore unique bonds between grandparents and their grandchildren. Denying a child the love and affection they once had from a grandparent isnt social injustice! Then i dont know what is.
Tex Fa. Code Ann. § 153.433. POSSESSION OF OR ACCESS TO GRANDCHILD. The court shall order reasonable possession of or access to a grandchild by a grandparent if:
(1) at the time the relief is requested, at least one
biological or adoptive parent of the child has not had that parent's parental rights terminated;
(2) the grandparent requesting possession of or access to the child overcomes the presumption that a parent acts in the best interest of the parent's child by proving by a preponderance of the evidence that denial of possession of or access to the child would significantly impair the child's physical health or emotional well-being; and
(3) the grandparent requesting possession of or access to the child is a parent of a parent of the child and that parent of the child:
(A) has been incarcerated in jail or prison during the three-month period preceding the filing of the petition;
(B) has been found by a court to be incompetent;
(C) is dead; or
(D) does not have actual or court-ordered possession of or access to the child.
We the undersigned request to have this law changed so that grandparents cana request court ordered visitation with their minor grandchildren by considering the best interest of the child instead of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that denial of possession of or access to the child would significantly impair the child's physical health or emotional well-being.
The relationship between the child's parents and grandparents should NOT impact the ability for grandparents to have visitation and a relationship with their grandchildren and the court take into consideration the unique bonds that grandparents have with their grandchildren.
We the undersigned respectfully request the above.
The Change Texas Grandparent Rights Law Tex Fa. Code Ann. §153.433 petition to State of Texas Legislators was written by Alma Pope and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.