Texas Court Ruling Gives Grandparents More Power Over Custody

L.P. Phillips
June 15, 2018 - 12:11 pm

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Grandparents who take care of their grandchildren for extended periods have the right to seek more control and custody under a ruling by the Texas Supreme Court. 

In a split decision that could affect everything from health and education to custody, the Texas Supreme Court today gave grandparents the right to get custody if they have been taking care of a child for at least six months. 

The parents of a one-year old girl were not married when the mother gave the girl to the grandparents while she went into rehab. The stay lasted longer than six months. Lawyer Thomas Michel argued that gives the grandparents the right to seek custody.

But the attorney for the parents, Kirk Pittard said while the child stayed with the grandparents, the parents made major decisons.

The court ruled under Texas law, the grandparents do have rights because they had custody for more than six months and they can now ask a court for full custody.