Texas Family Code
Sec. § 153.433
Possession of or Access to Grandchild


(a)

The court may order reasonable possession of or access to a grandchild by a grandparent if:

(1)

at the time the relief is requested, at least one biological or adoptive parent of the child has not had that parents parental rights terminated;

(2)

the grandparent requesting possession of or access to the child overcomes the presumption that a parent acts in the best interest of the parents child by proving by a preponderance of the evidence that denial of possession of or access to the child would significantly impair the childs physical health or emotional well-being; and

(3)

the grandparent requesting possession of or access to the child is a parent of a parent of the child and that parent of the child:

(A)

has been incarcerated in jail or prison during the three-month period preceding the filing of the petition;

(B)

has been found by a court to be incompetent;

(C)

is dead; or

(D)

does not have actual or court-ordered possession of or access to the child.

(b)

An order granting possession of or access to a child by a grandparent that is rendered over a parents objections must state, with specificity that:

(1)

at the time the relief was requested, at least one biological or adoptive parent of the child had not had that parents parental rights terminated;

(2)

the grandparent requesting possession of or access to the child has overcome the presumption that a parent acts in the best interest of the parents child by proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the denial of possession of or access to the child would significantly impair the childs physical health or emotional well-being; and

(3)

the grandparent requesting possession of or access to the child is a parent of a parent of the child and that parent of the child:

(A)

has been incarcerated in jail or prison during the three-month period preceding the filing of the petition;

(B)

has been found by a court to be incompetent;

(C)

is dead; or

(D)

does not have actual or court-ordered possession of or access to the child.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1397, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 484 (H.B. 261), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1113 (H.B. 1012), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2009.
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