Adult Sibling Access

Texas law used to allow an adult (age 18 or older) sibling to file suit to gain access to his or her younger siblings.  That law was changed in 2009 when the Texas legislature repealed it.  Now, adult siblings only are permitted access to a child when the child has been taken into custody by the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS).

Then, the court is required to allow access if it finds it is in the best interests of the child to have contact with the adult sibling.  If the siblings are with a family member and DFPS is not involved, there is now no statutory authority for an adult sibling to sue for access to younger siblings.  If the family members refuse to allow the children to spend time with the adult sibling, there is no remedy at law available to the adult sibling.

This article is not intended to be legal advice and is not a substitute for legal representation by an attorney.  You are encouraged to seek the advice of Janis Alexander Cross to answer any specific legal questions you may have.