When Do Grandparents Have Custody Or Visitation Rights?

Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. In some cases, grandparents have to step in and seek custody for various reasons to protect the well-being of their grandchildren. In other situations, grandparents can seek court-ordered visitation with their grandchildren. At The Suriano Law Firm LLC, we help Columbus and central Ohio families navigate complex custody issues and pursue legal steps necessary for the best interests of the youngest members of the family.

Our experienced family law attorney also helps fathers protect their custody and visitation rights through paternity actions and the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. Children deserve a relationship with both parents, and we fight to ensure that dads have access to their kids and are able to be active and loving participants in the lives of their kids.

We Can Help You Address Complex Custody Concerns

There are various situations that make it appropriate for grandparents to pursue child custody, but it is not always easy for extended family members to seek custody. Ohio considers grandparents as any other third-party seeking custody of a child. So, a court will consider the suitability of a parent first and then consider the best interests of the child before granting custody to grandparents or any extended family member. Our lawyer helps grandparents understand their rights and move forward with the most appropriate course of action for their families.

Our lawyer also has extensive experience helping dads address custody concerns in cases involving paternity disputes. It is important to understand that if you are an unmarried father, you do not have legal custody rights until you seek them in a court of law. If you are a dad, we know what it takes to protect your rights and help you secure rightful visitation or even custody.

Discuss Your Concerns In Person

Discuss your custody and visitation concerns in person with a Columbus family law attorney who truly cares about grandparents’ rights and the rights of other relatives. We charge $100 for initial evaluations, and during your meeting, you can get the answers and information you need regarding your rights and options. Contact Susan Suriano at 614-532-9534 or reach out online to schedule an appointment.

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