Can grandparents in Ohio seek visitation with their grandchild?

| Jul 9, 2021 | Child Custody |

Grandparents in Ohio have a special bond with their grandchildren. Whether it is fishing with grandpa or baking cookies with grandma, grandparents have a lot of wisdom and love to pass on to their grandchild. So when a grandparent’s adult child goes through a divorce the grandparents may be concerned about their ability to spend time with their grandchild. Thus, they may want to learn more about visitation rights in Ohio for grandparents.

Ohio law on grandparent visitation

Under Ohio law, if a child’s parents divorce the court has the discretion to grant reasonable visitation rights to a grandparent. However, certain factors must be present in order for this visitation to be granted.

Factors that must be met for grandparent visitation

In order for grandparents to have visitation rights with their grandchild the following factors must be met. First, the grandparent must file a motion with the court seeking visitation. Then, the court must determine that the grandparent has an interest in the child’s welfare. Third, visitation must be in the child’s best interests.

Learn more about visitation in Ohio

The factors that go into determining whether or not a child’s biological parent should have parenting time with that parent are different than those that are considered when a grandparent seeks visitation rights. Ultimately, determining whether grandparent visitation is a possibility is a complicated legal matter. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s webpage on child custody may be of interest to grandparents and parents who want to learn more about this topic.