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?
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.
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.