An unpublished decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals ("COA") [Hollis v Miller, Docket No. 306090, decided November 8, 2012] demonstrates the difficulties a grandparent faces in a grandparent visitation action once a parent cuts off contact with the child. In Hollis, the defendant-father and plaintiff's daughter, parents of the child at issue, were never married. The father has had sole legal and physical custody of the child since the child was about two years old. A no-contact order prevents the mother (grandmother's daughter) from seeing the child. However, until late 2009 or early 2010, the mother's family, including the plaintiff grandmother had had subtantial contact with the child. Then the father began denying plaintiff visitation.
Michigan’s grandparenting-time statute, MCL 722.27b, creates a presumption that a fit parent’s decision to deny grandparenting time “does not, in and of itself, create a substantial risk of harm.”