I am frequently asked about whether grandparents would or would not have a meritorious claim of entitlement to grandparent visitation. My answer is always the same: “Every case is different. The success of such a petition is going to be entirely dependent upon the particular facts of the case.”
Attorney Charles C. Abut of New Jersey has a nice collection of cases on his Blog New Jersey Family Law. The case summaries are quite helpful to those attempting to understand the possible merits (or lack thereof) of a grandparent visitation petition.
Michigan’s grandparent visitation statute, MCL 722.27b, like that of New Jersey, puts the burden on the GP to prove that there would be a substantial risk of harm to the child if the visitation is not allowed. For this reason, these summaries on Mr. Abut’s website will explain how a Michigan Court may look at a petition.
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