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In this original proceeding, we must decide whether the trial court abused its discretion in awarding temporary grandparental visitation without affording the custodial parent an opportunity to be heard. See TEX. FAM. CODE § 153.433. Because we conclude the trial court abused its discretion, we conditionally grant mandamus relief and direct the trial court to vacate its August 14, 2007 temporary order granting grandparental visitation.

The relator, Stacy D. Chambless, is the mother of seven-year-old J.A.C. In a suit affecting the parent-child relationship, the trial court appointed Stacy managing conservator and J.A.C.’s father, Bobby D. Cook, Jr., possessory conservator of J.A.C. with the paternal grandparents supervising Cook’s visitation. After Cook died in a motorcycle accident, the paternal grandparents filed a petition seeking visitation under section 153.432 of the Texas Family Code. At the hearing on this petition, the grandparents claimed J.A.C. would be significantly harmed if he did not know his father’s side of the family, especially J.A.C.’s two half-brothers. In support of their claim, the grandparents offered into evidence a social study report by Rhonda Hopkins, a court-appointed social worker, who opined that depriving the paternal grandparents access would be “very detrimental” to J.A.C.’s emotional well-being. The social worker was not able to attend the hearing and thus Stacy did not have an opportunity to cross-examine her about the report.

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