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Grandparents' Rights

This legal research guide provides information on the rights of grandparents in regard to their grandchildren, including custody issues.

Grandparents' Rights


About This Guide

This guide was created to assist grandparents in researching their rights regarding their grandchildren. This page lists relevant laws, links to websites that discuss grandparents' rights in “plain English,” and information on who to contact.

Texas Law

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.

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in “plain English.”

E-Books Available from the State Law Library

This e-book contains information on grandparents and their rights. E-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the State Law Library. Only Texas residents are eligible to sign up. Signing up is free.

Books at the State Law Library

These print books at the State Law Library contain information on grandparents' rights. If you are not able to visit the State Law Library in Austin, these books might be available at a law library near you.

Who Can I Contact?

The Texas Legal Service Center has two programs that may be useful to grandparents.