Every year, thousands of grandparents throughout Ohio step in to raise their grandchildren because the children’s parents are unable to do so. Most grandparents in this position never expected to have to be a parent again, but they love their grandchildren and are happy to make the sacrifice to ensure they stay with family.
If you are raising your grandchildren, it is vital that you take legal steps to establish your rights as their legal guardian custodian. Our team of family law attorneys at Massucci Law Group LLC works with grandparents in the Columbus metro area to formalize their guardianship status to ensure that their grandchildren will continue to grow up in a safe and nurturing household.
Legal Protection For Your Grandchildren
A grandparent may take over for the parents for a variety of reasons, including:
- Mental illness or incapacity
- Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
No matter the reason you started raising your grandchild, legal proceedings probably were not the first thing on your mind. You were too busy making sure the child is settling into their new living arrangements. However, it is important to keep in mind that as long as the child’s parents have their legal parental rights, they could go to court at any time to regain child custody. Courts give strong preference to parents in custody disputes, but taking action now can prevent a difficult and heartbreaking custody battle in the future.
Helping You Maintain Your Relationship With The Grandkids
Unfortunately, grandparents do not always have a great relationship with their own children or their grandchild’s other parent. If you are being denied the chance to visit your grandchildren, we may be able to establish visitation rights for you. Asserting grandparents’ rights can be challenging but we will work to find a solution that maintains your relationship with your grandchildren.
Compassionate And Useful Advice For Columbus Grandparents
To learn more about establishing and protecting grandparents’ rights in Ohio, call Massucci Law Group LLC at 614-398-4267 to schedule an in-person consultation with one of our lawyers. Our office is in Columbus and we travel to meet clients throughout the state.