A strong family unit is important to the growth and development of a child. When family members themselves do not get along, sometimes the court must step in to resolve family issues in the interest of the child.
For those grandparents who desire to be in their grandchildren's lives but are having a hard time doing so, there may be possible recourse. In fact, when it comes to their biological grandchildren, grandparents can fight to exercise certain rights.
If the child's parents are not fit or able to provide proper care for the child, a grandparent can file for custody. It is important to note that the claimant must present clear, tangible evidence to prove this claim in order for the courts to allow it. Upon reviewing the case, the courts may award full or partial custody to the grandparent.
In cases of a nasty separation or divorce, a parent may retaliate by not allowing the other side of the family to have contact with the child, including the grandparents. According to Ohio's grandparents' visitation rights, grandparents may petition for visitation rights and possibly request a schedule. By going through the courts, the grandparent can ensure that the schedule is legally binding, which may make the parent more likely to comply.
What is best
The court always strives to work in the best interest of children. Therefore, grandparents should try to prove that their request will benefit the grandchildren. In general, grandparents who can prove themselves to be stable, respectable members of society, who have loving relationships with their grandchildren, stand a good chance of securing some sort of custody or visitation arrangement.
This is a brief overview of a few key rights of grandparents and important aspects of securing those rights. If you are considering seeking such rights, it may be beneficial to consult with a knowledgeable attorney. The attorney can help to explain your options so that you may choose the best course of action.