Your grandchildren are a part of your family. Regardless of what your child’s marriage looks like, you want to stay in your grandchildren’s lives for years to come.

And thanks to the Grandparents Visitation Bill, you may be able to do just that. The Michigan Supreme Court has said you may have the right to visitation with your descendant under certain circumstances.

Petitioning limits

The bond between a grandparent and grandchild can be special and important to a child’s healthy upbringing. If your situation meets specific qualifications, you could gain permission to visit with your grandchild:

  • The parents have petitioned the courts for a divorce, separation or annulment, or the courts awarded one of these options
  • A third-party, not the child’s parents, have legal custody of your grandchildren or they are living outside the home of your child
  • The child was born when the parents weren’t married, and they have established paternity
  • You have acted as guardian for your grandchild in the last year, regardless of whether it was court-appointed

Presumptive interests

If you fall within these boundaries, you could file a petition to gain access to your grandchild. However, the state of Michigan generally assumes the parents are acting in the best interest of the child. This means that if you can’t see your grandchild through their parents, then you may have to prove that separating you from the child will risk harming the physical, emotional or mental health of your grandchild.

It is often crucial for a grandchild to have access to their entire family as they grow up. Make sure you can keep your relationship with your grandchild growing for years to come with a little help from the courts.