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Child Custody : Grandparents & Custody

Resources at the Hamilton County Law Library

Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Hamilton County Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (513) 946-5300. If you have any questions about these materials.

About This Guide

This guide is intended to give some basic information on grandparents and custody and visitation in Ohio.

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Ohio Law

Below you will find some of the sections of Ohio Revised Code that govern visitation and custody rights for grandparents in Ohio.

O.R.C. 3109.051: [Effective 1/1/2014] Parenting time - companionship or visitation rights

O.R.C. 3109.11: Companionship or visitation rights where parents are deceased

O.R.C. 3109.12: Parenting time, companionship or visitation rights where the mother is unmarried

Power of attorney for Grandparents

O.R.C. 3109.52: Power of attorney for residential grandparent

O.R.C. 3109.53:  Form of power of attorney for residential grandparent

O.R.C. 3109.54:  Signatures - notarization

O.R.C. 3109.55:  Notice of creation of power of attorney

O.R.C. 3109.56:  Requirements for creating power of attorney

O.R.C. 3109.57:  Further requirements for creating power of attorney

O.R.C. 3109.58:  Pending proceedings may preclude creation of power of attorney

O.R.C. 3109.59:  Termination of power of attorney

O.R.C. 3109.60:  Notice of termination

O.R.C. 3109.61:  Immunity

O.R..C. 3109.62: Military power of attorney

Caretaker Authorization

O.R.C. 3109.65: Caretaker authorization affidavit

O.R.C. 3109.66: Form of caretaker authorization affidavit

O.R.C. 3109.67: Execution of affidavit

O.R.C. 3109.68: Pending proceedings may preclude creation of affidavit

O.R.C. 3109.69: Limitations on authority granted by affidavit

O.R.C. 3109.70: Termination of affidavit

O.R.C. 3109.71: Notice of termination

O.R.C. 3109.72: Negation of actions taken under caretaker authorization affidavit

O. R.C. 3109.73: Immunity

O.R.C. 3109.74: Filing with court

O.R.C. 3109.75: Verification of filing

O.R.C. 3109.76: Determination of custody after notice of revocation of grandparent's power of attorney, termination or removal

O.R.C. 3109.78: Purpose may void power or affidavit

O.R.C. 3109.80: Only one power or affidavit may be in effect at a time

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