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.
At the Law Office of Kristen L Campbell LLC in Ohio, we know that domestic violence is a serious problem. Whether you are a victim or have been accused of being a perpetrator, domestic violence can tear a family apart.
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?
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.
Ohio has state laws regarding grandparents' rights. But what happens when there is a clear danger to a grandchild's well-being?
At the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, in Ohio, we know that as a grandparent, you have very few rights under Ohio law. We also know, however, that this does not mean that it is impossible for you to preserve your grandparent-grandchild relationships or for you to file an action seeking visitation in your grandchild's best interests.