Under Texas law, both parents have rights and responsibilities to their children. Additionally, judges want parents to work together toward the best interest of their children as this cooperation can provide clear expectations to their children. When parents are unable to reach an agreement on their own regarding how to divide these responsibilities, the court makes an assessment based on the child's best interest.
In the absence of a court order, the laws of the state of Texas do not give grandparents the right to continuing contact or visitation with their grandchildren. There is a presumption that parents are to determine who is allowed access to their children, because parents are presumed to act in their children's best interests. Only with compelling evidence may grandparents gain the legal right to see their grandchildren.
A well-known Texas hand surgeon was running nine different front companies to collect millions in a complex sham, according to his estranged wife. Child custody and visitation changes were demands made in her fifth amended petition to modify the terms of her divorce from the surgeon. She sought sole custody of the children, with only supervised visitation from their father. She was also suing her husband for fraud, saying that he moved money to hide it during the divorce proceedings.
For many decades gay or lesbian parents found it difficult to retain the custody of their children if they divulged the information to their straight partners. The situation often leads to a divorce and not amicable parting of ways for both sides. In recent years LGBT parents have been given more consideration by the courts where the final decisions about custody is not solely based on sexual orientations.