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Divorce and Visitation Rights of Grandparents

While it is obvious that a divorce will immediately impact the spouses and their children, it is not uncommon for extended family member to be negatively affected by the dissolution as well. For grandparents in Ohio, when their child divorces they may encounter disputes regarding their interactions with their grandchildren. Even though dissolution is frequently a difficult time for children, it is important that grandparents understand their rights and how they interact with the best interests of the children.

There are various reasons why grandparents might have to invoke the grandparents' rights afforded to them by the state. For example, their child may not agree with the advice they are giving them or their opinion regarding how they are raising their children. Out of anger and spite, their child might refuse access or communication with the grandchildren.

Because a divorce can often involve numerous issues and disputes, it might be difficult to navigate life after a messy divorce. A parent might want to acclimate to their new post-divorce life, and in doing that, neglect to provide their parent with access to their grandchildren.

Whether a child is purposefully preventing their parent from visiting their grandchildren or it is a symptom of divorce, the visitation rights of grandparents could be invoked. This means that a grandparent could file a cause of action in order to exercise their right to spend time with their grandchildren. In most cases, this means proving to a judge that they have a close relationship to their grandchild or grandchildren and it is in the grandchild or grandchildren's best interest if that relationship is preserved.

The aftermath of a divorce is often emotional and difficult, but when children are involved, it is important that parents address the needs of their children. This might mean ensuring that they maintain relationships with extended family members such as their grandparents.

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