Shook v. GrayAnnotate this Case
G.W., David Gray and Lucy Wood's nine-year-old daughter, had lived with her maternal grandmother, Ann Shook, for her entire life. The trial court appointed Shook as G.W.'s sole managing conservator and named Gray and Wood as G.W.'s possessory conservators. The court of appeals reversed, holding that the trial court abused its discretion in naming Shook, a nonparent, as G.W.'s sole managing conservator because Shook failed to present any evidence that could overcome the presumption that a parent should be named as managing conservator. The court then remanded the case to the trial court to determine the custody and visitation rights as between Gray and Wood only. The Supreme Court affirmed the court of appeals' judgment remanding the case but reversed to the extent the judgment limited the trial court's consideration of the role Shook should play in G.W.'s life, whether as conservator or a person with defined access rights.