Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio

Q: Would adopting my husband's child eliminate standing for toxic paternal grandparents rights?

My husband's parents are very toxic and mean to our children. When I look up information on grandparents rights in Ohio it says that if the parents are married/home is intact, that grandparents have no legal rights. Is this true? Does this also hold true in step-parent adoptions? Or could they still get grandparents rights even after I adopt?

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Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
Answered
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Grandparents generally have no rights over the parents objections. He can tell his parents no. He just needs to man up and do it .

Denise Rini Esq
Denise Rini Esq
Answered
  • Family Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: There are several caveats. (1) Intact families, Grandparents have no rights and the Courts presume the parents have the best interest of the children; (2) Separated Parents or deceased Parent: Grandparents must show by clear and convincing evidence that it is in the children's best interest to continue a relationship; (3) After an adoption all familial relationships are terminated and the Grandparents would be considered Interested 3rd Parties and would have to show the Court, by clear and convincing evidence that it is in the child's best interest.

Pursuant to ORC 3109.051

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