The newly enacted Revocation of Paternity Act in Michigan has opened many doors for biological fathers to petition for establishing the paternity of the child. The Revocation of Paternity Act allows a mother, biological father or presumed father to file an action to establish the paternity of a child. The Revocation of Paternity Act, however, provides a short time period within which to ask the court to make that determination. It is imperative that you protect your rights.
We have experience in protecting clients' rights and maintaining the privacy and confidentiality in effectively assisting clients in the process of establishing paternity.
Grandparents in Michigan can petition the court for grandparenting time under certain and factually specific circumstances outlined under Michigan law (MCL 722.27b
). Although the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that a parent’s rights are paramount to those of a grandparent, see Troxel v. Grandville
, 530 U.S. 57 (2000), grandparents still have the opportunity to ensure that their grandchildren are raised in a safe and stable home environment with the love and nurturing to grow into thriving adults where, for instance, the parents are incarcerated or there are allegations of abuse of the child.
It is especially difficult and heartbreaking for a grandparent whose own child has passed away, and the living parent does not, for whatever reason, permit visitation with the grandparent. We understand how much you value the grandparent relationship and we are committed to protecting the bond between you and your grandchild. At Warner Norcross & Judd, we are knowledgeable in the nuances of the law protecting grandparents and are fully devoted to ensuring your rights are protected and fostered.
Adopting a child can be a challenging, yet rewarding, experience. We specialize in step-parent and grandparent adoptions in Michigan. Each county has different guidelines regarding the procedure for petitioning for adoption of a child.
The length and complexity of the adoption process can be impacted by the willingness of the parties involved to cooperate.
Guardians and Conservators
A guardian and conservator may be necessary if a person is unable to make informed decisions or legally manage their affairs because they are a minor, mentally incapacitated.
A guardian is appointed by the court to take charge of personal affairs, such as where the person will live and medical decisions for that person. For a minor, the court can appoint a guardian only under limited circumstances. For example, the court can appoint a guardian if the minor is living with someone else with a parent’s permission or the parents have passed away. There are other circumstances in which obtaining guardianship over a minor is possible. A conservator is appointed by the court to manage the person’s finances. A conservator for a minor is needed if the minor owns assets that require management or protection.
We have experience handling adult and minor guardianship and conservatorship matters in many counties across Michigan. Any person concerned about an individual’s welfare can file a petition for appointment of a guardian or conservator. In most cases, the appointed guardian or conservator is a family member.
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