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Written by Renee Fairless   
Thursday, 04 December 2008

I am the mother of two children, ages 4 and 2.  My boyfriend (their father) died two years ago.  I was still seeing his family with my kids until a little over a year ago.  Their grandmother has seen them twice in over a year and filed for grandparent rights when I told her I didn't want anything to do with the rest of her family.  I didn't have a problem with the kids visiting her but after a very nasty phone call from her and her family verbally attacking one of my older daughters, I haven't talked to her since. 

She has made no effort to see my children since last May and she filed for rights in October.  She is doing this for her son who would like nothing more than to take my kids as his own.  He never had any children.  The thought of him being around my children makes my skin crawl.  I have no problem with grandma seeing the kids but not the rest of the family.  They have sent me nasty letters and have told people that all of this is to get back at me. 

I would like to find a support group that I can join or just get in contact with parents who have experienced this crazy law.  I can't believe that a grandparent has more rights than a parent.  I would like to know if I have any rights to decide who my kids can have relationships with beyond grandma.  I should say that she is 86, in poor health and is unable to take care of two young kids.

Also, what is standard visitation?  She is asking for at least one visit per week.  I'm thinking this is a little excessive and a huge burden on me since I work full time, take care of the house myself and am responsible for these kids.

Any feedback or infomation is appreciated.  I live in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area.













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