My clients were grandparents of a child whose mother and stepfather were starving the child. They were scapegoating him for all of the misbehaviors of his siblings.
Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) were somewhat involved, but for the most part, the misdeeds of the parents went unnoticed – until the day the child showed up at school with a handprint bruise across his face.
Then it was clear the child needed to be removed from the home.
The grandparents in Texas were glad to step up and take the child into their care.
However, after about 6 months the mother asked for her child back and the grandparents swore they would never let that happen.
They hired me and sought termination of the parent’s rights. I got the grandparents awarded temporary custody while the case was pending, and after about a year we went to trial to see if the judge would terminate parental rights.
The trouble, in this case, was the lack of evidence and the willingness of the parents to testify falsely in court.
The judge had trouble seeing through the evidence – he ordered that we had not met our burden of proof to terminate, however, he nonetheless saw it was in the child’s best interest to stay in the grandparent’s custody – and that is where he remains today.
About The Attorney
Matt’s passion for the law has led him to develop a broad-based practice that touches on almost every area of law that affects individuals in their everyday lives and small business representation. He also speaks Spanish.
Attorney Matt Zimmerman works tirelessly to achieve the greatest possible results for each of our clients and their families. This is a selection of one of his many successful results, settlements, and verdicts. Every case and client is unique and depends upon the individual facts and circumstances of each case. Clients may or may not obtain the same or similar results in each case.