Attorney For Grandparents' Rights In Grand Rapids

A parent's love is not limited by generations. As with your own son or daughter, you care deeply about the safety and well-being of your grandchildren. You cherish your time together and would fiercely protect them and your relationship with them should either be threatened.

Kraayeveld Law Offices, P.C., appreciates the unique role that grandparents have in the lives of children. We understand that although the scope of grandparents' rights is extremely limited under Michigan law, there are certain instances when the assistance of a skilled family lawyer may be necessary.

When Should A Grandparent Contact An Attorney?

In Michigan, your right to visitation with a grandchild essentially exists through the relationship that you have with your own son or daughter. It is within his or her parental rights to control when and who gets to spend time with the child under most circumstances, which is why an attorney may not be necessary or an option in every situation.

It may be prudent to contact a grandparents' rights attorney at our law firm to help you:

  • Protect parental rights: As a grandparent, you may choose to protect your relationship with a grandchild by encouraging your own son or daughter to secure his or her own custody and visitation rights. In some cases, parents may not have the means or the foresight to do so on their own.
  • Obtain custody in situations involving abuse or neglect: If your child is incapable of raising your grandchild in a safe and healthy environment, you may need to obtain legal guardianship or custody over the child through careful planning with an attorney.
  • Secure custody rights as the primary caregiver: Have you stepped into the role of primary caregiver and taken custody of a child as grandparents when your own son or daughter was unable to parent the child? If you have voluntarily taken custody of a child, it may be in everyone's best interests to legally define your role in the child's life.
  • Establish custody rights in the event of a death: If your own child has passed away, you may need to establish custody over or visitation time with your grandchildren.

Compassion In A Delicate Situation

At Kraayeveld Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers know how complicated and emotional matters involving grandchildren can be for everyone involved. We will help you understand your legal options as a grandparent.

To schedule your initial consultation with our experienced attorneys, you can contact us online or reach our law office in Grand Rapids by phone at 616-426-9644.