When some people think of grandparents' rights, they might think only about a grandparent trying to get custody of a grandchild. That is only one aspect of grandparents' rights. In Texas, there aren't any automatic rights for grandparents. Instead, the grandparents either have to have the permission of the child's parent or an order from the court.
A Texas law has been in place for more than 20 years in order to make certain that grandparents are not deprived of the right to see their grandchildren after a divorce has taken place. However, the law is not without its controversies as the law supposedly has been used in such a manner that parents have lost their child custody rights.
With the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, many Texas readers were curious about who would care for the three children he left behind. Those children range in age from 10 to 15. After private interviews of the children were held by a judge, it was determined that Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson would have sole custody and responsibility for raising his three children.
Divorce can take its toll on all family members. Especially grandparents who miss regular visits with their grandchildren. If their children do not share custody or equal parenting time with their ex-spouse, taking precious time for visits to grandma's are even less likely.