When parents divorce, custody of the children will be among the most important legal issues to settle. However, the professionals at Hartley Law Office, LLC, understand that parents are not the only adults who matter in a child's life. Grandparents can be vital caregivers and role models for their grandchildren, and sometimes, grandparents' rights to be part of their grandchildren's lives need to be asserted through the legal system.
Take a scenario in which grandparents are actively involved in after-school care for their grandchildren a few nights a week, perhaps one or two weekend days or even more during summer vacations. They provide transportation, plan and provide meals and often purchase day-to-day necessities like clothes and school supplies. And, of course, they are present for their grandchildren during these times as friends and people who care about them, whether playing, talking, or working on projects together.
Attorney Aaron Hartley, the lead attorney at Hartley Law Office, LLC, knows how a divorce and child custody order can all too often weaken or even sever these healthy, beneficial relationships. If a custodial parent tries to interfere with or cut off grandparental relationships, Ohio law allows grandparents to seek visitation rights. The court will evaluate the request the same way it does when determining the noncustodial parent's visitation rights, and ultimately may grant visitation if it is in the best interest of the grandchild.
Hartley Law Office, LLC has experience representing grandparents in these cases. We can help make the argument as to who court-ordered grandparent visitation is in a child's best interests. We welcome inquiries from Dayton grandparents with concerns about protecting their relationships and exercising their legal rights.