Under Ohio law, the Court can award grandparents the right to visitation if the parties are divorced, if a child is born to an unmarried mother or if one parent dies. Grandparents have limited rights to have time with their grandchild(ren).
Many grandparents are often shocked to learn that their relationships with their grandchild(ren) can also be affected due to a major life change such as a divorce.Most grandparents do not understand what they can do if a parent or parents of are denying them access to their grandchild(ren).
Various states have different statutes to determine conditions for visitation rights for grandparents. Though many state statutes are similar, state courts may apply statutory provisions differently. In Ohio, the Court is required to consider what is in the best interests of the child(ren) before awarding custody or visitation to grandparents.
At Battisti & Ansbro our divorce and family law attorneys are experienced in representing the rights of grandparents and other third parties.