Columbus Grandparents’ Rights Lawyers
Helping the Generations Stay Connected
Separations, divorces, deaths, and remarriages change the structure of families and create unique challenges for relatives to spend time with the children they love. Grandparents do not have a guaranteed right to spend time with children, and petitioning the court may be necessary. The Columbus grandparents’ rights attorneys at Law Offices of William L. Geary represent grandparents seeking visitation rights or custody of their grandchildren.
When Visitation May Be Awarded
If the biological parents are living together and raising their children, the grandparents have no legal right to visitation. Ohio law grants visitation rights to grandparents in specific circumstances, such as when the parents are unmarried, divorced, separated, or one parent is deceased. The law specifies how courts should determine the best interests of the children.
In determining the best interests of the child, the court may consider:
- The parents’ concerns and wishes
- Interaction of the child with parents and extended family
- The age of the children
- The child’s health and safety
- The mental and physical health of everyone involved
- Distance between the child’s home and grandparent’s’ residence
- Any history of child abuse or neglect involving the grandparent
Grandparents raising their grandchildren is not uncommon, but the opioid epidemic and other situations have led to a growing number of grandparents taking custody of their grandchildren. When children are taken into state custody, grandparents often petition to adopt or become foster parents to their own grandchildren. Our attorneys help grandparents fight for visitation rights or custody of their grandchildren, when necessary.
Learn More About Your Rights as a Grandparent
Our grandparents’ rights lawyers in Columbus understand that spending time with multi-generational loved ones is often in the best interests of children. We are dedicated to providing quality legal representation and personal service to every client. We take the time to understand your situation and build a strong case to show that your grandchildren would benefit from visitation time with you.
When you are ready to discuss your situation with a family law attorney, call (614) 289-1227 to schedule a consultation.
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