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The Rights of Grandparents in Ohio

The Rights of Parents in Ohio

I am a grandparent and I want custody of my grandchild

The United States Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court agreed with the State of Washington's Supreme Court, agreeing that the Constitution permits a state to interfere with the right of parents to rear their children only to prevent harm or potential harm to a child.  In the court case Troxel v. Granville, they severely limited a state's ability to allow grandparents to wrestle custody of their grandchildren from their parents.  I have a PDF file of the case.  If you read it, you will see the Court spend paragraph after paragraph reaffirming the parent's right to their child!  The case can be found here.

The Ohio Supreme Court

Ohio has said that In a child custody proceeding between a parent and a nonparent, the hearing officer may not award custody to the nonparent without first making a finding of parental unsuitability that is, without first determining that a preponderance of the evidence shows that one of the following is true:

  • the parent abandoned the child;

  • the parent contractually relinquished custody of the child;

  • the parent has become totally incapable of supporting or caring for the child;

  • That an award of custody to the parent would be detrimental to the child.

The case can be found here.

What are your facts?

Unless you have documented, provable evidence that meets both the United States Supreme Court and the Ohio Supreme Court requirements, you will not prevail.

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