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Grandparental Conservatorship:  Raising Your Grandchildren

The Texas Family Code provides that under specific circumstances a grandparent can petition the court to be appointed a conservator of their grandchild.  A grandparent's suit for conservatorship is different than a suit for visitation because as a conservator, the court may grant rights beyond visitation rights, such as, rights to make decisions concerning the grandchild's daily activities.

In order to seek conservatorship, a grandparent must first having standing, which is essentially the right to either bring an original lawsuit or to intervene into a pending suit.  If standing exists, then the grandparent can petition the court to be appointed a conservator of the child.