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.