Grandparents rights in Michigan
Currently in the State of Michigan, grandparents do not have any legal rights to their grandchildren unless the birth parent they are related by is deceased. Even in that case it is very limited. In this state there are many grandparents raising their grandchildren as a result of them being removed by the state and placed. Grandparents should have a say in what happens to their grandchildren in the event that they are aware of abusive or neglectful parenting by either birth parent. Grandparents should not have to wait for state intervention to be able to protect their blood related or adoptive relatives. Grandparents are in a position to witness family relationships and what happens behind closed doors and are in a position to love and bond with the child but not to protect the child. This petition is to bring attention to all the grandparents in hopeless situations and bring about a change in the law or enact a new law which will give grandparents rights to protect their loved ones who cannot protect themselves. Especially when the grandchild is born to a parent(s) that is a minor child themself.