Helping Grandparents Understand And Protect Their Rights
If you are concerned about the well-being of your grandchildren or simply wish to be able to spend more time with them, it may be possible to ask a family court for grandparenting time. An experienced attorney can help you understand your options and can help you make the right choices to protect your grandchildren.
At the Law Office of Mark R. Mitchell, P.C., we have assisted grandparents with custody and visitation issues for more than 25 years. Cadillac grandparents’ rights lawyer Mark Mitchell, our founding attorney, is passionate about family law issues, especially those involving children. We understand how stressful it can be when you feel that your grandchildren are not being properly cared for. When you come to us, we will listen to your concerns and do our best to solve the problem.
When Can You Request Grandparenting Time?
In Michigan, grandparents do not typically have an absolute right to parenting time. There are, however, a number of situations where grandparents can seek time. These include:
- When the parents are divorced or separated, or they are in the process of divorcing or separating
- If one of the child’s parents is deceased
- The parents were never married and are not living in the same house, and paternity is established
- Legal custody has been given to someone other than a parent
- The grandparent provided an established custodial environment during the prior year
Under Michigan law, it is presumed that a fit parent can deny grandparenting time without harming the child. It can be difficult for a grandparent to overcome this presumption. A grandparent has to prove that the grandchildren will suffer physical, psychological or emotional harm if not allowed to spend time with them. When you come to us, we will give you an honest assessment of your case. If the case is weak, we will tell you, though it may be difficult to hear.
We can also explore the possibility of a limited guardianship placement or even a permanent placement of the grandchildren, which would give you the grandparenting time you desire. These measures are rare, and we will thoroughly explain them to you when you visit us.
Contact A Michigan Child Custody Attorney
If you have questions or concerns about custody arrangements for your grandchildren, we are ready to help you explore your options. To schedule a consultation, please call 231-577-4950 or toll-free at 866-906-3736. You can also send us an email.