GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Grandparents often wonder if they have the right to visit their grandchildren if the family splits up. The state of Michigan has set forth specific criteria under which a grandparent may petition the court for visitation.
1. The parents have filed for divorce, separation or annulment.
2. The parents already have divorced or separated and are living in different locations.
3. The grandchild's parent who is the child of the grandparent has died.
4. Unless there is a contrary Michigan law, if the child has been removed from the parent's home or if the guardian is not the parent.
5. If the grandparent has established a custodial environment for the child for at least a year, regardless if they had court ordered custody.
If you have concerns about your ability to see your grandchildren and your situation meets the above requirements, contact a qualified family law attorney to help you get court ordered visitation.
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