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Legal Information: Ohio

Custody

Updated: 
November 3, 2020

Can grandparents or other relatives get visitation rights in court?

It is possible for a grandparent or other relative to file for visitation rights at the following times in the child’s life:

  1. If the child is born to an unmarried mother, a grandparent or other relative (of either the mother or father) can file if s/he meets the requirements explained in section 3109.12 of the law;
  2. If one of the child’s parents dies, a grandparent or other relative (of the deceased parent) can file if s/he meets the requirements explained in section 3109.11 of the law; or
  3. If there is a divorce, dissolution of marriage, legal separation, annulment, or child support proceeding that involves a child, a grandparent or other relative (of either the mother or father), or any other person can file if s/he meets the requirements explained in section 3109.051 of the law.