Information and Forms for Grandparents and other non-parent Kinship Caregivers (non-parents)

Self-Help Brochures from SEOLS

Grandparent’s Visitation and Custody Rights

This brochure explains a grandparent’s rights with his or her grandchildren. The brochure talks about when a grandparent has a right to visitation and when a grandparent can receive child support for a grandchild.

Kinship Caregivers – Financial and Legal Options

This brochure provides some financial and legal options for grandparents and other kinship care givers who are caring for minor children whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so.  Additional information regarding expenses, medical, legal, and education options for kinship caregivers and the minor children in their care is available in the Ohio Resource Guide for Relatives Caring for Children (link below).

Forms

In addition to the forms provided below, your county may have specific forms that must be filed for their county.  You should review the Local Forms section on the prior page (“Domestic Violence and Family”) to see if your county is listed.

Power of Attorney: 

Grandparent Power of Attorney (with Parents Agreeing)

This packet has fill-in-the-blank forms for when parents agree to allow a grandparent to make school and medical decisions for a child.

Grandparent Power of Attorney (with Parents Unavailable)

This packet has fill-in-the-blank forms for when a grandparent wants to make school and medical decisions for a child but the parents are not available to agree to this.

Visitation:

Complaint for Visitation

Use this packet if you are a grandparent or other relative of the child, you are asking the Court to grant you visitation with the child, the child was born to an unmarried mother OR one of the child’s parents is deceased, and NO other court action has been filed regarding this child.

Motion for Visitation in Domestic Relations Court

Use this packet if you are a grandparent or other relative of the child, you are asking the Court to grant you visitation with the child, AND the parents of the child were married and are going through a divorce/have been through a divorce or other action in domestic relations court involving the child.

Motion for Visitation in Juvenile court

Use this packet if you are a grandparent or other relative of the child, you are asking the Court to grant you visitation with the child, AND there is a current or prior case in juvenile court regarding this child.

Custody:

• Non-parent Complaint for Custody in Domestic Relations Court

Use this packet if you are a non-parent who wants to file for custody of a minor child AND the parents are married AND there has never been a case filed regarding this child.

• Non-parent Complaint for Custody in Juvenile Court

Use this packet if you are a non-parent who wants to file for custody of a minor child and there has never been a case filed before regarding this child.

Non-parent Complaint for Custody and Motion to Intervene in Domestic Relations Court

Use this packet if you are a non-parent who wants to file for custody of a minor child, the parents of the child are married, and there is a case pending regarding this child or a case has been filed in the past.

Non-parent Complaint for Custody and Motion to Intervene in Juvenile Court

Use this packet if you are a non-parent who wants to file for custody of a minor child, the parents of the child are not married, and there is a case pending regarding this child or a case has been filed in the past.

Children Service’s Cases:

Motion to Intervene Children Service’s filed case

Use this packet if you are a non-parent who wants to file for custody of a minor child and there is a case pending regarding this child that has been filed by Child Protective Services/Children Services Board.

Notice Form for Foster or Kinship Caregiver

If Child Protective Services has placed the child in your care, either as a foster caregiver or a kinship caregiver, you have the right to be given notice and the right to be heard in the ongoing court case regarding that child.  If you are not receiving notices, fill out this form and submit to the Juvenile Court that is hearing your case.

Additional Resources:

Ohio KAN (Kinship & Adoption Navigator)

Ohio Resource Guide for Relatives Caring for Children

 

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