Like most grandparents in Hamilton, your care and concern for your grandchildren supersedes your own personal desires. Thus, as difficult as it may be, sometimes you may be asked to accept them being adopted by another party. Many have come to us here at The Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC in such situations concerned that their grandchildren’s adoptions would signal the end of their associations with them. Such fears are valid. Once your child no longer has parental rights (for whatever reason), where does that leave your relationship with your grandchildren?
The answer to that question depends upon the circumstances of the kids’ adoption. Say that you have an unmarried daughter that has a child, and she wishes to give that child up for adoption. According to the Ohio Legislative Commission Service Staff, all familial rights that relatives have towards a child end with that child’s adoption. Thus, you would have no visitation rights in the aforementioned situation. The same holds true if your adult child divorces and the children are legally adopted by his or her ex-spouse’s new partner. The only way that you could push for visitation in such a scenario would be if your child was allowed to maintain his or her parental rights even after the adoption took place.
What if your child dies, and then your former son- or daughter-in-law remarries and pushes for his or her new spouse to adopt the kids? In this case, the law states that such an action would not restrict your rights in any way, meaning you would be free to seek visitation.
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