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Can grandparents in Ohio sue for the right to visit grandchildren?

| May 29, 2020 | Firm News

Many states have come to understand that the relationship between grandchildren and grandparents can be beneficial. As such, some states allow grandparents to sue for the right to spend time with their grandkids. Ohio is one of these states, but certain requirements must be met before grandparents can take legal action.

For example, if you are simply dissatisfied with the amount of time the parents allow you to spend with your grandchildren, there is little you can do in a legal setting. If the child’s parents are still together as a couple, they can decide how and when you see the kids. This post will explain three scenarios in which you may ask the court for the right to visit your grandchildren.

  • Divorce: If the parents of a child get divorced, you may file a motion in a family law court seeking visitation rights if it is in the best interests of the child.
  • Death: If the child’s parent (which is also your adult child) dies and the other parent will not allow you to see your grandchild, you can petition a family law court for visitation rights. Again, when visitation is in the child’s best interests, you have a good chance of winning a right to see your grandchild.
  • Unmarried: Say that your son and his girlfriend have a child but never get married. If you are facing problems visiting with your grandchild, a court may award you visitation rights.

In some cases, Ohio grandparents win visitation rights with little or no trouble. Other times, it can be more difficult to win your case. When you have problems acquiring the right to spend time with your grandchildren, consider seeking legal guidance from an experienced family law attorney.