Michigan Husband and Wife have Children together.
Husband allegedly murders Wife.
Husband is sentenced to prison for … a very long time.
Children are adopted by Wife’s sister and her husband.
Husband’s Arizona mother seeks to exercise her court-ordered visitation with Children.
Wife’s sister and her husband withhold visitation.
Court holds adoptive parents in contempt and orders them to allow visitation with Husband’s mother within 90 days and to pay her $500 in attorney’s fees.
Court also transfers jurisdiction to Ohio, where adoptive parents reside with Children.
These rulings may have been different in some other states – and, possibly, even before different judges in Michigan. Welcome to the legal system.