Grandparents lose appeal in bid to see kids

SAGINAW (AP) -- The Michigan appeals court has made a key ruling in a case involving the rights of grandparents to see grandchildren.

The court says Robert and Judith Porter have no standing to seek time with two grandchildren. That's because the kids' father had his parental rights terminated.

In a 2-1 decision, the court says the Porters may be biological grandparents but they're no longer considered legal grandparents. The case originated in Saginaw County.

Saginaw County Judge James Borchard had reluctantly ruled against the Porters in 2011, saying they're "fine people." He had hoped the appeals court would reverse his decision, but the court said Borchard correctly interpreted Michigan law.

Published: Fri, Jun 14, 2013