A person or couple looking to adopt a newborn baby need to know a few things. First, finding a birthmother to place a child with an adoptive person or couple is a very difficult, and complex process.  The procedure to adopt a child from someone not related to the adoptive couple by blood or marriage is called a direct placement adoption. Typically, a direct placement adoption is for a new baby.


Who May Adopt

Any potential adoptive parent may adopt and cannot be discriminated against solely on age, race, religious affiliation or income level.  A...


Author: Donald Baranski


Michigan grandparents can ask a court to award them grandparenting time if one or more of the following situations apply:

  • the grandchild's parents have filed for divorce, "separate maintenance" (legal separation), or annulment in a Michigan court
  • the grandchild's parents are divorced, legally separated under a judgment of separate maintenance (a court has issued an order granting the parents a legal separation), or their marriage has been annulled
  • the...

The Michigan Court of Appeals just issued an opinion of first impression under the Revocation of Paternity Act [RPA]. MCL 722.1431 et.seq. The RPA was enacted in 2012 to determine the paternity of children in certain situations.  It is presumed that a husband is the father of any children conceived or born by his wife during the marriage. However, the husband may or may not be the biological father.  The case of interest is Jeremy Jones v Sharon Jones issued June 22, 2017.  In that case, the parties were married in 1998.  The parties lived in separate residences across the state...