Does Michigan have grandparent rights?

Does Michigan have grandparent rights?

All grandparents, whether paternal or maternal, have possible visiting rights under Michigan law, which the legal profession refers to as "grandparenting time." The law allows for up to two hours of visitation per week with any grandchildren who live with their parents. If there are more than two children in the family, each child gets one hour of visitation per week. Grandparents also have the right to seek custody of their grandchildren through a court system that will also consider what is best for the child.

In addition to traditional visitation rights, there are other ways that grandparents can show they care by having access to their grandchildren. For example, they can be given the phone number where they can leave messages for their grandchildren to call them back. Or, they could be given the email address of the child so they could send him or her a message. Finally, they could be allowed to visit the child even though he or she lives with their parents. This would be beneficial because sometimes parents don't want the grandparents to see their child because it might affect the relationship negatively or make them feel guilty about breaking up for some reason. However, no matter what method is used to show interest in the child's life, it should be made clear that the grandparent has a right to see his or her great-grandchild and should not be denied this right.

What rights do grandparents have within the state of Michigan?

In the state of Michigan, grandparents currently have no legal rights to their grandchildren until the birth parent to whom they are connected is deceased. Even in such instance, it is severely constrained. Many grandparents in this state are parenting their grandkids as a result of being taken and placed by the state. The state's action has created a new family unit that now includes both the biological parents and the grandparents.

After the death of a parent, grandparents usually receive some sort of inheritance from the parent. This varies depending on what kind of relationship the deceased parent had with their child/children. If the parent was married then they can leave their estate to whomever they want. If they were not married then they could leave their estate to who they thought was their child or children. In either case, the will must be signed by at least one more witness besides the decedent; this ensures that the decedent did not bequeath their property to someone who wasn't close to them.

In addition to an inheritance, grandparents may also be given custody of their grandchildren after the death of a parent. This too depends on what kind of relationship the parent had with their child/children. If there was never any contact between the two then the court would not give custody to the non-parental guardian unless there were other reasons for doing so (such as a need for stability).

Do great grandparents have the same rights as grandparents?

Many states' laws grant grandparents the right to some visitation with their grandchildren, even if the parents oppose (or perhaps the one remaining parent). However, the statutes normally apply only to grandparents and exclude others, such as great-grandparents. Some states may allow for additional visitation if there is a showing of significant emotional ties between the person seeking visitation and the child. For example, in some cases, an aunt or uncle who has been raised by their relative can seek visits with the child.

In addition to state law, many communities have policies that address grandparent visitation. These policies may be found in local ordinances or in administrative rules issued by city or county officials. For example, cities may have policies regarding who can seek grandparent visitation and what kind of evidence is required to prove that visitation is in the best interest of the child. States also may have policies governing grandparent visitation; for example, some states require that all requests for visitation be made through the courts.

Individuals who are not legally related to the child may still have a right to visit with him or her through their own actions. For example, if you were a favorite aunt or uncle who lived in the home when the child was young, then you would be considered a "grandparent" under the law for purposes of receiving visitation rights.

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Kathleen Hoyt

Kathleen Hoyt is a writer and researcher who has published on topics such as citizenship, humanities and immigration. She also has extensive knowledge of politics and law. Kathleen is an avid reader with a curiosity for the world around her.

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