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Tips for Grandparents Obtaining Child Custody


Nowadays, families come in all forms and sizes. There are families with two moms, two dads, single moms, single dads, as well as your usual nuclear family. And these are only just a few of them. Among the many variations of families would be the ones where you find grandparents raising their grandchildren. While this may not really seem like such a strange situation, some grandparents may still need some time to adjust. They may need help in raising their grandkids.

If you happen to be a grandparent and find yourself in that situation, don’t worry. Because there are definitely some resources you can make use of to help you parent your grandchildren better.

Raising Them Better

Being a grandparent means you already have loads of experience raising children. However, there can still be some difficulty when raising your grandchildren. Be it a generational gap or an issue that you never really were familiar with, there are definitely some things that you can still learn about when it comes to understanding your grandkids better. A useful website for this would be HelpGuide.org. HelpGuide.org helps provide several resources for grandparents raising their grandkids, be it counseling services, tips on mental health issues, or dealing with the stress of raising your grandkids.

Legal Matters and Benefits

Sometimes, there might be some details regarding raising your grandchildren that you might not be aware of or might not understand so much. This is especially true if you’re raising your grandchildren on your own or if you have custody over them. Having custody over your grandchildren, for example, may require you to be aware of the law or any issues that might arise as your grandchild continues to stay with you. Raising your grandchildren on your own can also take its toll on you since you might need more financial help or some other form of assistance that maybe you aren’t aware of.

Available Resources

For needs such as this, you can go to the USA.gov website or look up the AARP GrandFamilies Guide. Both of these resources will be able to provide you with any legal information you might need regarding having your grandchild under your custody as well as any benefits or financial aid that you can apply for in order to help you better raise your grandchildren.

Just like raising your children, raising your grandchildren will definitely have its challenges. And while these challenges may sometimes be unavoidable, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make going through those challenges any easier. With the advent of technology, there isn’t an excuse to not find some resources, such as the ones that were given, to help make things easier. With that in mind, do make the most out of it and give these resources a look.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at timothy.hutton@austintexaslegal.com

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