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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: I'm seeking answers on how to get custody of my grandchild.

My grandchild is 5 years old an I've been his care giver his whole life, his parents are not suitable to take care of him an I'd like to take full custody since he lives with me majority of the time.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 26, 2022

You should look into guardianship.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: If a referee says…. gonna check in2 CPS & criminal investigations do they contact previous ppl associated w/case history

Do they contact family or fosters… previous witnesses if a story doesn’t match?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 18, 2022

More likely, referee will simply review the CPS and criminal investigation reports, and may contact those agencies for a status update. Judges and referees are not police or investigators so they are not going to be contacting witnesses directly.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: How can I go about getting guardianship or custody of my friend baby she is from Nj I am in Ohio
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 9, 2022

Is there a father in the picture? If so, he will have priority over you if he is willing and able. If mom and baby are in New Jersey, than you all will need to deal with this there.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: My boyfriend has full custody of his son. His mother got her parenting time taken an is not allowed to be anywhere near

The child. An no child support. We are wanting for me to adopt him. Is it possible. She goes months without calling my boyfriend to see if the child is still alive.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 2, 2022

Until you are married, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: Is there a way to become the legal guardian/father of my girlfriend's daughter without marriage?

Paternal father's rights were stripped long ago

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Mar 22, 2022

Depends in part on what you mean by paternal father's rights being "stripped"; were his rights terminated or was mother awarded sole custody? There is a difference. Either way, it will be hard to be named legal father without marrying the mother and doing a step-parent adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Michigan on
Q: How do you have a bio parent sogn off theirnrights when you have no contact woth them?

I want my husband who has now known my son for almost 10 years to adopt him so he has parental rights and we all have the same last name. I live in Michigan and because bio dad pays child support I guess he has rights to my son. I don't even receive my child support every month. My son will be... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Mar 22, 2022

You can try a step-parent adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Education Law for Michigan on
Q: can my aunt and uncle who is adopting my son in michigan let me see him without court consent if i had my rights relinq

if my rights were relinquished can my family who is adopting my son let me see him again without court consent

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 5, 2021

Depends on a lot of factors, and if the adoption is finalized.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: What are the penalties for allowing adopted child who is out of control go stay with biological mother in another state.

Family related adoption but biological mother parental rights were terminated.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 16, 2021

I'm not sure there would be any penalties. Typically, an adoption from a termination case ends that court's involvement and vests full parental rights on the adopting person. They are then free to pass on that authority in any legal way - common examples would be through a parental power... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: My perental rights have been terminated and I l would like to see about getting a open adoption on Michigan?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 10, 2021

Are you looking to adopt a different child? If your parental rights have been terminated, you face a significant uphill battle. First, you have no say in who can adopt your child or children; nor can a court direct it. Second, if your rights have been terminated, you almost certainly are on Central... Read more »

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Q: If a foster parent’s license is revoked, are they able to reapply for licensure? Is there a time period requirement?

Revocation recommendation was a result of agency retaliation against the foster parent.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 8, 2020

There might be a time period requirement. But even if there's not, or you meet that requirement before reapply, understand that a great deal of discretion is in the hands of local DHS officials and the agencies themselves. At the least, your application will receive heightened scrutiny, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: How long do I have to try to overturn an adoption in Michigan that was not consent! My children were adopted in 2017!
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 24, 2020

I would say you're well past any time limit. I am unsure how an adoption moved forward without your consent unless your parental rights were terminated.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Michigan on
Q: Is there any circumstance in which a 14 year old might be adopted by a step father without being involved?

The child doesn’t know that the father isn’t his biological father — the step father tried 2 adopt him years ago but the biological father opposed it (the only thing he’s ever done “for” the child). Now the biological father is deceased. The step father has been the in loco parentis... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Dec 7, 2019

I believe with the child being 14 years old, the child would have to consent to the adoption, so there would not be a way to do so without his or her knowledge. But I think the stepfather very well could file for adoption at this point.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I get custody of my niece?

My niece was removed from her mom due to drugs. My brother(out of state not in the picture) is the biological father. When my niece was removed she was placed with the mothers sister. My niece has recently been removed because of the aunt had kids fighting at her house and it is an unstable... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 27, 2019

Your ability to intervene depends in part on your brother's legal status to the child. I understand that he is the biological father, but is he the legal father? It sounds like with the removal, this case may be heading toward a termination proceeding, in which both the mom and your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Child abandoned by mother, should we worry about her coming back?

My boyfriend has had his daughter full time since she was born, he and his ex lived in an apartment in Nevada at the start and tried living life the "normal" way. Soon after (about 4 months after birth) the bio-mom started partying and not being responsible. She has a lengthy history of... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 25, 2019

One question that needs to be addressed is why does your boyfriend's parents have guardianship. That aside, ex-girlfriend could not just show up and take the child. She could, of course, reenter the picture. But given the amount of time that's passed, and the other issues going on with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: What do I have to do for my Father to legally adopt me?

He is the man on my birth certificate, however, he’s not my biological.

Also, would my biological father have to get involved?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 2, 2019

I am confused by your question. If the man you consider to be your father is on your birth certificate, I don't think an adoption is possible or even what you're after. The adoption process is, very simplistically, a means to name a legal father. In the eyes of the law, that man is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Ok did adoption in Michigan n the adopt parents kept babies name with my last name. .

They did this so medicaid would pay for babys hospital stay

As soon as they got back to atlanta...thwy changed his last name to theres when they moved. Isnt this illegal

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 2, 2019

Likely not. Once the adopt is finalized, the adoptive parents have all the same rights (and responsibilities) that any parent has - including the right to petition a court to change a child's name.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Support and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: My son is 8 years old. His biological father is aware that the child exists but is NOT on the BC or signed an affadavit.

The Biological father moved out of state. If he comes back would he be ordered to support from the child's birth? State assistance was used for my son's prenatal and birth care. I am looking at getting married and doing a step parent adoption. I believe I would have to given him legal... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 12, 2019

Quite likely, yes. That aside, it would seem that you could still proceed with a step parent adoption, having his rights terminated for non-support.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Michigan on
Q: Does conservatorship end with the adoption of a minor? As the legal parent now, can I access my child's funds?

There is currently a secured bank account and I an required to file an annual accounting to probate Court

Maureen Martin Caster
Maureen Martin Caster
answered on Jan 22, 2018

The conservatorship continues until either the judge terminates it after you file a motion requesting it be terminated or the child turns 18. Most counties are going to continue the conservatorship and require the annual accountings.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Michigan on
Q: My nephew was born meth addicted, the mother does not want to give him up. What are our chances of adopting?

She has a pending parole violation and possession charges. She has lost all rights to her previous child, and has a history of child abuse with her. She has only supervised visitation with this child. We have court approved custody at this point.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 11, 2018

I would say that you have a very good chance of adopting. It sounds like there is a pending abuse/neglect case, which could lead to termination of parental rights. The goal in those proceedings is reunification whenever possible (absent some extreme circumstances where immediate termination is... Read more »

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