Goetting Corrado Law Group, PC, has years of experience in all of the following types of adoptions and issues:

  • Direct Placement Adoptions
  • Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
  • Step-Parent Adoptions
  • Relative Adoptions
  • Guardianship Adoptions
  • Consent Hearings
  • Termination of Parental Rights Hearings
  • Out-of-Court consents

Michigan and Interstate Adoption Laws and Facts

Unlike most attorneys, our law firm devotes a majority of our practice to adoptions.  We have represented birth parents, adoptive parents, step-parents, relatives and guardians in private adoptions.  Our attorneys know first hand about all aspects of adoption, as both of them have their own personal adoption stories.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of adoptions are there?

A:        In Michigan, there are private direct placement adoptions, agency direct placement adoptions, step-parent adoptions, relative adoptions, guardian adoptions, and adoptions through the foster care system.

Q: What are the requirements for a step-parent adoption?

A:         The mother or father wishing to file for a step-parent adoption must now have  legal custody of the minor child prior to the adoption.  Also, he or she must be married to the step-parent for approximately a year before they can file the petition.

Q: What is the law to terminate parental rights for a step-parent adoption?

A:     The non-custodial parent must have failed to regularly communicate with the minor child for at least two years prior to filing and have failed to substantially and regularly pay child support for at least two years if there is a child support order in place.  If there is no child support order in place, then the non-custodial parent, having the ability to support the child, must have failed to substantially and regularly support the child.

Q: Can the non-custodial parent consent to the adoption?

A:    If the non-custodial parent agrees to the adoption and termination of his or her rights, then a brief hearing would be held in which he or she would provide testimony acknowledging his or her consent to the adoption.

Q: Does the child have to consent to the adoption?

A:  If the child is 14 years or older, he or she must provide his or her consent to the adoption at a consent hearing, regardless of the type of adoption.

Q: Can I change my child's name?

A:  When the adoption is finalized a new birth certificate will be issued with the new parent’s name listed on it.  The child’s name can legal be changed for free with the Adoption Order and would be also be included on the new birth certificate.

Q: Is a homestudy required?

A:        For step-parent and relative adoptions, a homestudy by a licensed professional is NOT required.  For direct placement and non-relative adoptions, the courts require an extensive homestudy to be completed by a professional licensed with the State of Michigan.

Q: What are the requirements for a relative adoption?

A:         The relative adopting the child must be related within the 5th degree to adopt.

Q: What is the law to terminate parental rights for a direct placement?

A:     Direct placement adoptions allow for out of court consents to be performed by an attorney for legal parents wanting to place their child up for adoption.  This can be performed 72 hours after the child is born and the legal parent has five business days to revoke his or her consent, after the revocation period the consent cannot be undone without a showing of fraud or duress.

Q: Can a guardian adopt a child?

A:   Yes, a guardian has to first seek permission from the court prior to petitioning for adoption and the rights of the parents must be terminated through a hearing unless they provide consent.

Q: How long do adoptions take?

A:  The length of time to complete an adoption varies but usually you can expect an adoption to be completed in approximately six months.

Q: How much are the filing fees for an adoption?

A:  The filing fees vary depending on the type of adoption and the county the adoption is in.  Usually, the fees range between $185 to $255 for the initial filing.

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