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Grandparents Rights in Ohio FAQs
Q: Do grandparents have rights in Ohio?
A: Yes. A grandparent may file for visitation or companionship rights with his/her grandchild in an Ohio court. The grandparent must have an interest in the welfare of the grandchild.
Q: Can I fight a grandparent’s motion for visitation or companionship rights with my child?
A: The court must consider your wishes as a parent in these cases. As with all situations in child custody, the court looks at the best interests of the child when making a determination.
Q: Can my visitation rights with my grandchild be terminated?
A: The court can typically modify or terminate your rights if there is sufficient legal reason to do so. This may be due to a change in circumstances that affects the best interests of the child. Another reason may be a change in your relationship to your grandchild if he/she is adopted by a step-parent and you are no longer the legal grandparent.
Q: If I have legal visitation with my grandchild that is at risk of termination due to a pending adoption by a step-parent, is there anything I can do to preserve my visitation rights?
A: At this time, you have no legal recourse. Once your status as a grandparent is severed by an adoption by a step-parent, your visitation rights are cut off as well. Ohio courts are unable to grant post-adoptive visitation.
If you are worried about being able to continue seeing you grandchild due to a pending divorce between your son/daughter and his/her spouse, contact Laubacher & Co. to learn more about Grandparents rights.