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  • 109 W. Liberty Street

Welcome to Brown, Amodio & Chandler

A full service law firm providing high quality representation to
individuals and businesses since 1979.

Brown, Amodio & Chandler was established by David Brown and James Amodio, both of whom had backgrounds with large Cleveland law firms, to provide high quality legal representation to clients at a lower cost and on a more personal basis than might be available at larger firms. Over the decades of its existence, the lawyers at Brown, Amodio & Chandler have provided legal services to hundreds of large and small business entities as well as to numerous private individuals. Today, the firm strives to continue to provide this same high level of service in various areas of legal practice.

Serving clients in Ohio with a particular focus on Medina, Cuyahoga, Lorain and Summit Counties.


Grandparent Rights

May 23, 2015

Grandparent and Third-Party Visitation Rights in Ohio

            In Ohio, a grandparent may be granted visitation rights in three situations: 1) when the child's parents are unmarried; 2) when a parent is deceased; or 3) when the parents have divorced or legally separated.  The grandparents must demonstrate that they have an interest in the child's welfare, and the grandparents’ visits with the child must be determined to be in the best interests of the child.  Under Ohio law, this right of visitation actually extends to “any person” related to the child by consanguinity or affinity.  So, stepparents and other interested family members may also petition the Court for visitation with a child in cases where a divorce is filed or the biological parents are unmarried.  Keep in mind that these rights are for visitation rights and not custody rights.  Legal custody of children can be obtained in various circumstances under Ohio law.  Typically, however, there must be a finding that both parents are unfit or unsuitable to act as parents for the child.  The most important step in determining whether you may qualify for visitation or custody rights over your grandchild or a stepchild is to consult an experienced attorney so she can review the particular facts of your case.

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