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As grandparents who live in Pennsylvania and are denied contact

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As grandparents who live in Pennsylvania and are denied contact by our daughter-in-law with our grandchildren who live in Ohio do we have any rights?
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Ohio has authorized grandparent visitation rights by statute in three circumstances:

(1) when married parents terminate their marriage or separate;
(2) when a parent of a child is deceased; and
(3) when the child is born to an unmarried woman.

In these cases, a court may order reasonable visitation if it is in the best interest of the child. Here's a good link you can read: http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/membersonly/127grandparents.pdf

If any of these situations apply, then you can request visitation. Otherwise, you wouldn't have a legal right to seek visitation. Instead, the parents would be entitled to make the decision as to whether or not grandparents can exercise visitation.
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