07. Grandparenting Time
Michigan Law sets forth some very specific situations where a grandparent may file an action for grandparenting time. (Michigan Legislature - Section 722.27b).
One of the biggest hurdles is that the grandparent filing a complaint or motion must prove that a fit parent’s decision to deny grandparenting time creates a substantial risk of harm to the child’s mental, physical, or emotional health. The court presumes that a fit parent’s decision to deny grandparenting time does not create a harm to the child.
Because of the legal nuances to the grandparenting time case, it is best to have an attorney who is knowledgeable and familiar with the complexities involved with establishing a legal basis for awarding grandparenting time.