Grandparents' Rights in Ohio

The relationship between a grandparent and grandchild is very special for any family. When a couple separates or divorces, all too often, grandparents are caught in the midst of a difficult situation and may experience uncertainty about the time they will be permitted to spend with their grandchildren.

Fortunately, under Ohio law, you may pursue companionship and visitation rights with your grandchildren if any of the following apply:

  • The child’s parents are not married;
  • One of the child’s parents is deceased; or
  • The child’s parents are separated or divorced.

Massucci Law Group has extensive experience handling grandparent companionship and visitation matters. We are skilled advocates dedicated to helping grandparents maintain important relationships with their grandchildren, even when the grandchildren are caught in the middle.

How Ohio Courts Decide on Grandparents' Rights

As a grandparent, your first concern is doing what's best for your grandchildren. At Massucci Law Group, we feel the same way. Kids need the adults in their lives to protect them and meet their needs, and we want to make sure that children continue to have meaningful access to the adults who love and care for them.

The courts that decide grandparent visitation cases also try to focus on what's best for kids. In addition to looking to see if there's a relationship on which to base grandparent visitation, courts look at what would be in the best interests of the child. They consider many factors, including:

  • The wishes of the child's parents
  • The child's interactions with parents and extended family members
  • The child's wishes (expressed privately to the judge)
  • The child's age
  • The child's and parents' schedules and available time
  • The distance between the child's home and the grandparent's home
  • Any convictions of child abuse or child neglect on the part of the grandparent

Securing and Enforcing Grandparents' Visitation and Companionship Rights

At Massucci Law Group, we have helped grandparents throughout Central Ohio in matters involving visitation and companionship issues. Our lawyers are well-known for their effective advocacy on behalf of grandparents. We will be there for you at every stage of the proceeding and work to maintain one of the most important relationships in your life—your grandchildren.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Massucci Law Group serves family law clients in Franklin County and throughout Central Ohio. We invite you to learn more about our team, our strengths, our services, and to contact us to schedule a consultation.

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