Grandparents' Rights

Grandparents often play an integral role in their grandchildren's lives. When family disputes threaten these bonds, many grandparents are forced to turn to the legal system for protection.

At The Law Offices of Shelly L. Kennedy, we understand the stress and anxiety caused by family disputes. We do everything in our power to protect our clients' rights as grandparents and get 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 Northwest Ohio during custody and visitation disputes regarding grandchildren.

AS A GRANDPARENT, YOU DO HAVE RIGHTS

Ohio grants limited rights to grandparents. In certain circumstances, grandparents can petition the court to obtain visitation and 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.

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

At The Law Offices of Shelly L. Kennedy, 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.

Protect the bonds you developed with your grandchildren; contact us today at 419-967-6039 or 800-655-0682.