Michigan Adoption Laws
State laws govern the adoption process and often vary from one another, which sometimes presents challenges when families of adopted children move to other states. Under Michigan adoption laws, anyone can be adopted but children 14 years and older may not be adopted unless they give their own consent. Also, state law provides prospective adoptive parents 21 days in which to challenge a denial.
Some of the main highlights of Michigan adoption laws are listed in the box below. Explore FindLaw's Adoption section for additional articles and resourcs.
|Code Section||MCLA §710.21, et seq.; No|
|Who May Be Adopted||Any person|
|Age that Child's Consent Needed||14 years and older|
|Who May Adopt||Any person; if married, spouse must join.|
|Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?||6 months, unless waived by court|
|State Agency/Court||Family Independence Agency/Family Division of Circuit|
|Statute of Limitations to Challenge||21 days from entry of order or denial of petition for rehearing|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Michigan adoption attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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