Texas grandparents who are fighting to gain custody of their grandchildren may be interested in a case in another state that involves a family who is denied access to their grandchildren. The family blames their dilemma on the alleged mishandling of the case by the Department of Child Care Services. There is a definite move nationwide toward putting children in the care of family members rather than foster parents, this couple is fighting for grandparents' rights.
One of the most antagonistic issues when a marriage between parents ends, whether it is in Texas or any other state, involves matters concerning the children and who will raise them. While parents typically want what is best for their children, coming to mutual agreements can be tough. In most divorce cases, the courts avoid excluding one parent from child custody except when there is evidence of physical, drug or alcohol abuse by a parent. However, the preferences of parents will be considered by the court. Before parents negotiate child custody, it may help to understand the different options.
After many months of rumors about splitting up, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt called it quits. Jolie recently filed for divorce, and the world is waiting to see how the couple will settle child custody and support issues. Even in a divorce of an ordinary Texas couple, making decisions that will be in the best interests of each of six children will be tough.
The National Center on Adoption and Permanency reports that more and more children are put in the care of family members rather that foster parents. Reportedly, this trend is nationwide and includes Texas. In many of these cases, children are taken in by their grandparents because the parents develop dependencies on drugs or alcohol. However, without establishing legal custody of the children, they will have no grandparents' rights.