Dead mom’s parents win right to visit grandchild

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that grandparents can be awarded visitation rights with grandchildren over a parent’s wishes in some circumstances. The court’s unanimous decision sided with maternal grandparents who wanted to visit a granddaughter after the death of her mother but were challenged by the girl’s father. The girl’s parents were never married, and the father said the grandparents tried to turn the girl against him. After the mother died of cancer, the grandparents raised the girl until she was 5 years old and the father gained custody. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The ruling requires a judge to set up a visitation schedule for Gary and Carol Harrold of Wooster, Ohio, and their granddaughter Brittany. Her father, Brian Collier, has custody. Messages were left for attorneys representing the girl’s father and the girl’s grandparents, but calls were not returned Monday. The decision is one in a series of diverse state rulings after a 2000 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the visitation rights of grandparents. The Ohio ruling focuses on a narrow group of cases in which one parent has died, said Tracy Thomas, a family law professor at the University of Akron. “It’s got to be more than grandparents wanting to see the children,” she said.last_img

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