The issue of grandparents’ rights is complex, controversial and has become increasingly litigated. However, just because a grandparent is being denied access to their grandchild does not necessarily mean they will qualify for court-ordered visitation. Parents have a fundamental right, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution to parent their children free from governmental interference or interference from third parties. Generally, if the grandchild’s parents are still married, the grandparents are not entitled to visitation. Grandparent visitation in Ohio is governed by statute and case law.
The following situations may give rise to a court granting grandparent visitation:
- Pending divorce
- Parent deceased
- Parents already divorced
- Child born out of wedlock
If you are a grandparent that is being denied time, without good reason, you need to discuss your situation with an experienced legal counsel. We can assist grandparents seeking to maintain contact with their grandchildren.
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