Power of Attorney Can Help Grandparents Care for Grandchildren in Zanesville, Ohio

When parents are not able to properly care for their children in Zanesville, Ohio, sometimes the grandparents need to step in. In some cases, parents want help caring for their kids so there are no issues. Unfortunately, there are other situations when grandparents need to go through the courts to try and have children legally removed from their parent’s care. But do grandparents really have any legal rights?

The Ohio Revised Code allows grandparents to get a power of attorney to handle certain matters regarding their grandchildren if the grandchildren’s parents are unable to fulfill their roles as guardians.

What are grandparent’s rights in Ohio?

Grandparents have rights regarding permanent full custody, temporary custody, and visitation of their grandchildren. In each case, the court must determine that visitation or custody with the grandparents is in the best interest of the children.

How can a grandparent get legal custody of their grandchildren?

A grandparent must file a complaint or motion for custody with the court, must be able to prove that both parents are unfit to care for the children, and must demonstrate that living with the grandparents is in the best interest for the children.

Do I need to hire an attorney to get custody of my grandchildren?

Not only are custody cases involving grandkids emotional, they are also difficult. Children’s Services may get involved and one or both parents may not want their kids to move. Since the grandparent has the burden of proving that both parents are unfit, having an experienced custody attorney is an advantage.

What is grandparent’s power of attorney?

A grandparent’s power of attorney gives temporary authority to make decisions regarding the care of the grandchildren. Usually issued when the parent has a serious illness and cannot properly take care of the kids.

Rights and responsibilities of a grandparent’s power of attorney includes:

  • Enrolling in school
  • Receiving educational and behavioral info from the school
  • Consenting to school-related matters
  • Consenting to medical, psychological, or dental treatments

How long does a grandparent’s power of attorney last?

Generally, the power of attorney will remain in effect until one of the following occurs: the person who created the power of attorney revokes it one year after the document was notarized; the child stops living with the grandparent; a court order terminates the power of attorney; or the child or the appointed grandparent dies.

If you are interested in obtaining a grandparents’ power of attorney, please contact one of our experienced family law attorneys today. Contact Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam, and Dal Ponte, P.L.L. with questions about getting permanent or temporary custody of your grandkids.