Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.
A self-help child custody guide written in everyday language. It includes ready to use forms with step-by-step instructions. The guide provides a brief overview of child custody issues and how to research the law. It also discusses the role of an attorney and factors to consider when deciding whether or not to hire legal representation. While focused mainly on parent/child issues, grandparents are discussed throughout the title.
This title by Texas attorney Jimmy Verner, Jr. looks at grandparents' rights in Texas. Specific chapters cover statute terminology, grandparents' rights under Texas law, Troxel v. Granville in the Texas Supreme Court, and Troxel v. Granville in the Texas Legislature.
The purpose of this book is to help grandparents secure visitation or obtain custody of their grandchildren either with or without the aid of an attorney. Practical information is provided in plain English. This book tries to help you work with your grandchildren's parents to find the best solution. It will also help you identify when legal action is necessary.
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This guide was created to assist grandparents in researching their rights surrounding their grandchildren. This tab lists relevant laws, links to websites that discuss grandparents' rights in "plain English," and information on who to contact. The Practice Aids tab provides a list of library resources that may be useful to practitioners working on grandparents' rights issues.
Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Family Code that govern grandparents' rights issues related to child custody. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.
This website was created by Texas A&M University in association with Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Area Agency on Aging, Texas Legal Services Center, and the Texas Kincare Taskforce. It provides information for grandparents, information for educators, legal resources, support groups, new information, and links.
This form, provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services, complies with Family Code ch. 34 and "allows a parent to authorize certain relatives or voluntary caregiver in a Parental Child Safety Placement to take specified actions and obtain services on behalf of a child if the parent is unable to for some reason."
Kincare is defined in this publication from the Texas Kincare Taskforce as occurring when "a minor child does not live under the control of either parent, but rather is being cared for by a grandmother or grandfather, great-grandmother or great-grandfather, aunt or uncle, older sibling, or another relative."
Who Can I Contact?
The Texas Legal Service Center has two programs that may be useful to grandparents.
From the home page: "The Texas Kincare Project, housed within the Health Law Program at TLSC, provides access to free legal counseling to address relative caregivers’ questions. The Project supplies caregivers with legal tools and advice to navigate the healthcare, human services and school systems for minor children in their care."
From the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, caregiver support provides services for people over the age of 60 who care for someone as well as people who care for someone over the age of 60.
Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library
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From their Web site: The Center For Consumer Law helps consumers settle disputes by informing them of their legal rights and assisting with the resolution of disputes through mediation and, when necessary, litigation.