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This bill substantially modifies the Texas statute relating to grandparent visitation lawsuits. The modifications protect parents' rights by placing the burden of proof on the grandparents—requiring them to show by clear and convincing evidence that the child will be harmed if they do not get visitation.
HSLDA believes that it is the right of parents to make decisions regarding child-rearing. In some circumstances, we have defended families when a hostile grandparent has sued to gain custody or visitation over the parents' objections. We believe that this bill creates a workable standard: if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that a child would be harmed unless visitation is allowed, the judge may order visitation. Otherwise, the parents are presumed to be acting in the best interests of the child.
03/08/2011 (House) Filed
03/15/2011 (House) Read first time and referred to Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
03/28/2011 (House) Considered in public hearing and left pending in committee
04/28/2011 (House) Considered in public hearing
04/28/2011 (House) Committee substitute considered in committee; Reported favorably as substituted
05/05/2011 (House) Committee report sent to Calendars; Committee report distributed; Report filed with Committee Coordinator
05/10/2011 (House) Considered in Calendars
05/12/2011 (House) Placed on General State Calendar
05/30/2011 (House) Bill died when legislature adjourned
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