You never think you could love anything or anyone as much as you love your own children. You have raised them and watched them achieve success and make mistakes and you have even slowly relinquished control so that they could forge their own way. They leave the nest and they fly, and fall and fly again. And one day they bring you a grandchild, so similar to the ones you have raised that your parenting love swells once more, this time as a grandparent. It doesn't seem that long ago that your own children were learning to crawl and now your children have children. With the recognition of how fast time can go, you want to cherish every second you have with your grandchildren.
But what happens when your child and the other parent split? What becomes of the fun parts of grandparenting? What if the other parent is given primary custody or has a case for you to not see the child?
When parents split, it can be a scary and confusing time for grandparents. You risk overstepping your bounds in the eyes of your child but you don't want to risk losing contact with your grandchild. In Michigan, if the termination or separation of a child's parents occurs, grandparents may be awarded rights to visitation, even if the child is put in the care of someone other than the biological parents. The only exclusion to this would be the adoption of the child by someone other than a stepparent. In this case, grandparents may have visitation rights terminated. If you are concerned about the assurance of a continuing relationship with your grandchildren, you may benefit from working with a Michigan family law attorney from the start. An attorney who's well-versed in state laws around grandparents' visitation and rights may be able to ensure you get the maximum access to your grandchildren despite their parents' circumstances.