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What are grandparents’ rights?

As a grandparent, you probably wish to have a relationship with your grandchildren. In most cases in Ohio, you are encouraged to do so by the children’s parents. Sometimes, though, there are situations where the parents do not want you in the children’s lives. This is where grandparents’ rights come in. These, according to the American Grandparents Association, are the rights to visitation you have with your grandchildren.

In general, they are not automatic. When your children were younger, you had automatic rights to see them and raise them. With your grandchildren, those rights are given to their parents, and it is up to them to decide who they want in their children’s lives. However, in some cases, the state has decided to step in and assist you with gaining rights to see your grandchildren when the parents are refusing to let you.

Ohio law says that visitation may be granted to you if you can show it is in the children’s best interest to have visitation with you and for you to be involved in their lives. Visitation rights are granted by the court. When they can be granted by the court depends on the parental situation. Typically, if the parents were never married, have divorced or separated or were involved in a child support or annulment case, you can seek visitation. Additionally, if a parent or parents are deceased, you also have rights to see the children. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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