Currently in Michigan, a parent must hold full custody of a child before the child’s stepparent can adopt. But the state’s legislators are working now to improve that process. They want to make it easier and less time consuming for a stepparent to adopt. The bill was introduced by State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker from Lawton, and the specifics of the bill address the process of custody trials in stepparent adoptions. The hope is to eliminate two separate trial processes and stream it down to one. The bill was passed recently in a Senate Committee and will be headed to the full Senate soon.
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