Michigan Supreme Court rules in grandparents favor - WNEM TV 5

Michigan Supreme Court rules in grandparents favor

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Two Mid-Michigan grandparents may finally get a chance to visit their grandkids in spite of a parent's objection.

Local grandparents, Robert and Judith Porter, have been suing for the right to visit the children of their deceased son for years and today the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in their favor.

It's a landmark decision on a case that originated in Saginaw County.

The Supreme Court decision is going to have a huge impact on grandparents rights in the state of Michigan.

According to a previous court ruling the Porters' visitation rights were terminated when their son involuntarily lost his.

The Porters case was brought in front of the Michigan Supreme Court in January.

On Wednesday, April 23 the couple learned the state's highest court ruled in their favor, thus allowing grandparents the right to ask a court to see their grandchildren.

One of the attorneys who worked on the case was Phil Ellison who said prior to Wednesday's landmark ruling grandparents had no visitation rights, not even the right to ask the courts.

Ellison said this is not only a win for the Porters, but also for grandparents across the state.

The Porters said they will be headed back to court to continue to fight.

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