Learn About Grandparents’ Rights
Grandparents often play an integral role in their grandchildren’s lives. Some act in parental roles without legal protections. When family disputes threaten these bonds, many grandparents are forced to turn to the legal system for their own protection as well as to protect their grandchildren’s interests.
At The Law Offices of Shelly L. Kennedy, Ltd., we understand the stress and anxiety caused by family disputes involving multiple generations. We do everything in our power to protect our clients’ rights as caring, involved grandparents. When possible, we help them get custody orders ensuring them the visitation or custody they need to protect their grandchildren and the bonds they have with them.
From our offices in Port Clinton and Sandusky, we represent grandparents throughout north central Ohio during custody and visitation disputes regarding grandchildren. Some of our clients seek legal guardianship, foster parent status or adoption of their grandchildren. We evaluate each case in search of the right solution.
As A Grandparent, You Do Have Rights
Ohio grants limited rights to grandparents. However, in certain circumstances, grandparents can petition the court to obtain visitation or custody of their grandchildren.
When parents are deceased or determined “unfit,” grandparents may be able to obtain custody of their grandchildren. In other circumstances, grandparents can petition the court for visitation rights. The standard used by courts when making custody and visitation decisions is “the best interests of the children.” Factors evaluated when making this determination include:
- Whether grandparents and grandchildren have an established relationship
- Whether emotional harm will result to grandchildren if denied time with their grandparents
- Whether the grandchild wishes to have a relationship with his or her grandparent
- The geographical distance between the parents and grandparents
- Whether grandparents are currently the primary caretaker of the grandchild
- The health and safety of the grandchild
Disputes between parents and grandparents can quickly become contentious. It is important to hire an experienced lawyer who will fight for you, your rights as a grandparent and the best interests of your grandchild.
Is your separated or divorced son or daughter deployed in the military overseas? Do you want to be able to take that parent’s place temporarily through visitation with your grandchild? Whatever your unique circumstances, we will pursue the right legal solution for your family.
Shelly Kennedy is a trial attorney. For 25 years, she has been fighting for clients in the courtroom and at the bargaining table. She goes to bat for her clients and knows what it takes to protect her clients’ rights.
Contact The Law Offices of Shelly L. Kennedy, Ltd.
At The Law Offices of Shelly L. Kennedy, Ltd., we take the time to get to know you, your family’s unique dynamics and your goals as a grandparent. Based on your situation, we develop legal strategies that give you the best chance possible of obtaining visitation or custody of your grandchildren.