Grandparents have no automatic legal right to see their grandchildren. But the Ohio courts will grant visitation, and sometimes custody, to grandparents in certain situations. Asserting your rights as a grandparent requires skilled representation by an experienced family law attorney.
Mahaffey & Associates, LLC, has secured visitation for grandmothers and grandfathers who were cut off from their grandchildren. We can also help grandparents or other relatives petition for child custody in cases of serious abuse or abandonment.
Grandparents' Rights In Ohio
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parents are the gatekeepers of who spends time with their kids. However, the court acknowledged the important role that millions of grandparents play, and left the door open for grandparent access when it is in the child's best interests.
The most common scenario is when grandparents are abruptly cut off from their grandkids after the parents divorce or one parent dies. Our family law attorneys can help you petition for scheduled visitation and present a compelling argument in contested proceedings. The courts are most favorable when Grandma and Grandpa can demonstrate regular contact and a positive relationship with the grandchild that has been interrupted.
Your Grandchild Needs You
We understand that this is a wrenching and sensitive issue. If direct negotiations are not fruitful, our lawyers will skillfully assert your wishes to be involved in your grandchild's life.
For a free initial phone consultation with a Toledo grandparents' rights attorney, call Mahaffey & Associates toll free at 888-422-6894 or contact us online. We can meet clients at three convenient locations, including evenings or weekends by appointment.