When parents are separated or divorced, the children involved could be greatly affected. While some would be quick to assume that both or one parent would obtain shared or primary custody of the child or children, this is not always the case. Based one findings and the best interest of the child, a parent could lose custody of their child. If the Department of Children Services removes a child from the custody of a parent, it is common for other relatives to step up to the plate. Specifically, grandparents’ rights could be invoked in order to obtain child custody of their grandchildren.
A current case could result in an Ohio couple losing their visitation rights with their two grandsons who are currently in the state of Mississippi. Recent reports indicate that the two boys might be adopted by their former foster parents. While there is a hold on the adoption, the couple has no real expectation to gain custody of their grandchildren because the case with Summit County Children Services closed. This occurred when the home study was terminated in Mississippi back in July.
Back in 2009, after the two boys were removed from the custody of their mother due to reports to neglect and abuse, the grandparents in Ohio filed with the Department of Human Services, seeking placement or custody of their grandsons. Although the grandparents have held foster care licenses since 2011, they were denied placement. It is not entirely clear why they were denied because the case is still seal, but there is also a petition filed by the boys’ father seeking custody.
Custody disputes can be very complex and could lead to many concerns for the children and family members involved. Those seeking to gain custody of their grandchildren should understand their rights. This could help them through the complicated process, providing them with guidance regarding their options. In these matters, it is always important to keep the best interests of the child the focal point, which could help reduce the negative impact the situation could have on them.
Source: Clarionledger.com, “Grandparents await custody case ruling,” Jimmie E. Gates, Oct. 14, 2014