How is the American Family Changing?

How is the American Family Changing?

The majority of families are no longer husband and wife with 2.5 kids.  Families are comprised of grandparents raising their grandchildren, single moms, families with step-children and step-parents, and girlfriends and boyfriends living together.

Why the changes? The overall attitude toward relationships and commitment has shifted.  Census data shows that 26 percent of all households are made up of a single person.  More and more babies are born when the parents are not married and divorce rates continue to climb so that nearly half of all marriages end in divorce court.

Grandparents in Texas do not automatically have a right of access to their grandchildren. However, the Texas Family Code includes statutes allowing grandparents the right to seek access or custody of a grandchild, with the Court.

Grandparents are permitted to file a petition with the Court if their son or daughter is not actively involved in their child’s life.  There are several situations in which the Court would allow a petition by a Grandparent.

Examples are where the child’s parent does not have custody of the child and are not actively involved in their life, the child’s parent is deceased; the child’s parent is in jail for a period of time; or the child’s parent was declared incompetent by a judge.

More and more Grandparents are now raising their grandchildren.  In some situations, grandparents can file for custody of a grandchild.  Grandparents may be granted custody by the Court if the grandchild has been living with them for at least six months. Grandparents may also file a petition for custody if the grandparents believe that the child’s parent is physically or emotionally harming the child.

The Law Office of Dale A. Burrows, P.C. is ready to help you with access to your grandchildren.

The information provided herein is given for general information only. The information presented should not be construed as formal legal advice or the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.

Statistics on the American Family

U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey results indicate the latest statistics concerning Grandparents as care givers.

7.0 Million – The number of Grandparents whose grandchildren are younger than age 18 living with them.
2.7 Million – The number of Grandparents responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren that are under the age of 18 living with them.
5.4 Million – The number of children that are under the age of 18 living in a Grandparent household.

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