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Q: My daughter was born in Florida and we reside in Michigan. Her father lives in Fla. Where would court be held?

He is not on the birth certificate and has never paid support. She doesn't even know him. Now he demands I give her to him or he will go to court. What are my options? Can she be legally adopted by the male figure in her life?

Jane A Bassett
Jane A Bassett answered on Feb 23, 2017

If your child lives in Michigan with you, then in general Michigan would have jurisdiction to hear a step-parent adoption. The more complex question is whether or not her biological father has rights allow him to prohibit the step-parent adoption. If a court has found him to be the father through... Read more »

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