A couple of weeks ago, I did an interview with a Lubbock TV station on the issue of lawsuit abuse of single parents through loopholes in the grandparent access statute. People are always shocked when we tell the stories of fit parents who have their children taken from them simply because they are divorced or widowed and the grandparents sue them under the grandparent access statute merely because they strongly disagree with their parenting decisions…not because these single parents are neglectful or abusive.
A Texas Tech law school professor stated, “The way the law is written now, the grandparents are not going to be able to get possession and access without extreme circumstances.” This professor is certainly unaware of the numerous cases in which non-parents, with a vendetta and more money than the parents, find a judge that will give them the children absent “extreme circumstances.” I have written about some of those cases, and there are A LOT of them.
The reality is the legislature intended that these grandparents meet a high standard to be able to take children from fit parents and that is not happening because of an abuse of these laws and the people that are suffering are single parents (usually moms) and the children. So we will return to the legislature next session and work to pass legislation that will end this lawsuit abuse of single parents and bring true balance to the law and restore and protect the parental rights of all fit parents, including single parents.
Our success in changing the law will depend on our ability to educate legislators in the upcoming election and our efforts in getting them to commit to support these needed changes. We will be talking in the days and weeks ahead about how you can help us make that happen.