When parents are incapable or unwilling to provide ongoing care for a child, a grandparent or other relative will often step in. It’s important that these caregivers file in court to establish their legal authority to make medical, educational and other decisions for minor children. Oftentimes, a grandparent will have provided years of care for a child only to find out they have no legal right to make decisions for that child. It is important to establish custody rights to a child who is not residing with the parents.
Grandparents often develop strong and important bonds with their grandchildren. However, under Ohio law, it’s not easy to establish a grandparent visitation order. It’s important to establish those orders early on to ensure the grandparent/grandchild relationship continues without interruption.