As couples divorce in Ohio, the repercussions reverberate throughout generations. It is not just the kids or mom and dad who are affected by a divorce. It may be harder for kids to see cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents of the parent they do not live with. According to FindLaw, grandparents in Ohio may be granted visitation rights if they can prove they have a sincere interest in the child’s welfare.
When it comes to visitation, Ohio state law extends limited rights to grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren. For example, if your child and his/her spouse have denied you access to your grandchildren because of a strained relationship between you, that is not sufficient grounds on which to petition the court for visitation with your grandchildren.
At the law office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, we understand that deciding to take care of your grandchildren is not easy. We also understand that it could be disheartening to learn that grandparents have few legal rights in terms of Ohio custody actions.
As an Ohio grandparent, you may wish to establish and maintain a strong relationship with your grandson or granddaughter, but there may be other forces at play that make this particularly difficult. Under such circumstances, you may want to pursue legal visitation rights to your grandchild so that nothing threatens your relationship with him or her, and you may or may not be able to find success in doing so.
If you are an Ohio grandparent, your relationship with your grandchild(ren) likely is one of the highlights of your life. Unfortunately, however, should your grandchild’s parents divorce, you may encounter difficulty obtaining visitation rights to him or her.
As we have discussed in other posts on this blog, grandparents who raise their grandchildren face numerous unique challenges, ranging from the physical to the emotional. If you are one of the many Ohio grandparents with renewed parenting responsibilities, you know that your work is cut out for you. The years to come may be challenging, frustrating and discouraging, but they can also be rewarding if you have the right support system and assistance.
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.
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.
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.
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?