According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), at least 2.7 million homes in this country and run by grandparents who have grandchildren that live with them full-time. Many of those individuals are under the age of 60 and still employed. At least 40% of them either have a disability or are impoverished. Many are forced to take care of their grandkids because their parents develop substance abuse problems or for some other reason. Children who are placed with grandparents derive many benefits from their loved ones taking them in.
While there are some instances in which grandparents are asked to step in and take custody of their grandkids out of necessity, this isn't the norm. There are far more instances in which grandparents step in to petition the court for custody of their grandchildren because they don't believe that the kids' parents are doing an adequate job at parenting. These cases often don't go well for grandparents.
In 1994, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that grandparents have no constitutional right to request visitation with their grandchildren. The justices later conceded that a statute must be passed if grandparents want to enjoy visitation with their grandchildren. Even still, they argued, their right to visit with their grandson or granddaughter would come down to whether doing so was truly in the best interest of the child.
When you have custody of your grandchildren in Ohio, you may want to focus on raising the kids. However, you may not always think about some of the basics of having kids in the house. As you parent your grandchildren, it is important to make sure you have all of the relevant information.
When you adopt your grandchildren in Ohio, you may not always realize how much of a challenge you are taking on. There are a few things you should consider to make sure your grandkids receive everything they need.
Are you a grandparent in Ohio concerned about your grandchildren because their parents are unavailable or otherwise unable to care for them? Are you thinking about taking the necessary steps to become a kinship caregiver?
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.