Michigan law has strict guidelines for step-parent, relative and conventional adoption. Although many would-be parents would prefer to handle the process on their own, mistakes in paperwork and lack of knowledge about Michigan law can greatly extend the length of time required to complete the process.

My child's biological father has been absent for some time.  Can my new spouse adopt my children?
Yes, in many cases.  Step-parent adoption is a very common form of adoption in Michigan and nationally.  Michigan's laws regarding the termination of parental rights in favor of step-parents are broader than many states.