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Finding support for grandparents with custody

It can be more difficult, both emotionally and financially, for grandparents raising their grandchildren than when they were raising their own children. Ohio grandparents with custody may face numerous challenges, such as living on a limited retirement income and age-related health issues, which can complicate taking on parental duties. The children may also be dealing with feelings of loss and other emotional issues that come from not being raised by their parents. Not surprisingly, custodial grandparents may feel overwhelmed and out of their league.

Can you seek legal custody of your grandchildren?

As a grandparent living in Ohio, there are unfortunately very few laws dedicated to protecting your rights. However, the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, will be here to help you explore your options if you are looking to seek legal rights regarding your grandchild.

What grandparents need to know about adopting their grandkids

In 2017, NBC News reported on the increasing numbers of grandparents adopting their grandchildren due to a growing need created by the opioid epidemic. Ohio grandparents who find themselves in this or similar situations may also find they face similar challenges to those NBC News mentioned. Expenses of raising children have increased in recent years, for example, and the process of adoption can be quite an investment.

When grandparents become parents again

The Pew Charitable Trusts found that in 2015, "2.9 million children...were living with grandparents who were responsible for their care." That is a lot of kids living with family members who are not their parents. What does this statistic mean for grandparents in Ohio?

What are the factors that affect grandparents' rights?

Grandparents can sometimes be stabilizing influencers in the lives of children who are experiencing the turbulence of a home broken by divorce. Following the proceedings, however, extended family members are not always privy to the same amount of time they once spent with the youngest of the bunch. Ohio grandparents, you may find it helpful to know what factors the courts consider when deciding whether to grant you the right to visit your grandchildren. 

The shaky ground of grandparents' rights

Divorce can be a scary time for everyone involved, but it can be especially troubling for grandparents. Sometimes they feel they have to take a back seat while their kids work things out as adults, but their lives are changing, too. The relationships with their grandchildren may also shift dramatically. Ohio grandparents who are wondering how their son's impending divorce will impact time with his kids should read on.

Understanding grandparent visitation rights following adoption

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? 

Can grandparents get visitation rights?

If you are a grandparent of a child in Ohio, you may wonder if you have any rights to visitation with that child. While your rights are not automatic like a parent's rights, the court can grant you visitation in some situations. Generally, according to the Ohio Legislative Service, to be awarded grandparents visitation rights, you must show that it is in the best interests of the child.

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