Stepparent Custody Rights
In post-divorce matters, there are two parents. A step-parent is an individual who marries one of these two parents. They do not have custody rights over the child that either of the biological parents would without a formal adoption.
Often, the question initially raised is, “who is the biological parent”?
In the case of same sex parents, while many may believe that the biological parent is to be the custodial parent, if the two parents were married, but no adoption was had, there are many courts that will award custody to the non-biological parent, depending on the facts and circumstances of the parties.
In Ohio, grandparents, and other significant individuals in a child’s life, can petition the court for their own companionship time. The facts and circumstances for each case will determine whether the grandparents will have their own companionship time outside of their child’s own companionship time.
Our firm has been successful in winning grandparent rights, as well as successful in fighting grandparent’s wishes for companionship.
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