New Michigan Parenting Rights

By: Matt Catchick, Family Law Division – Dailey Law Firm

Effective June 13, 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed the “Revocation of Paternity Act,” State Bill 557 dealing with parenting rights.  The Act was primarily passed to help fathers who impregnated a woman who, at the time, was married to another man.  Under the old Michigan Paternity Act, if a man impregnated a woman who was married to another man, and the woman and her husband wished to block the biological father from having any relationship with the child, they could easily do so.  Now, under the new Revocation of Paternity Act, the biological father can request custody and/or parenting time rights with the child, even if the mother was married to another man at the time.  It is especially important to note there is “grandfather clause” for the Revocation of Paternity Act, which allows biological fathers who were previously prevented under the Michigan Paternity Act from establishing their Paternity (legal fatherhood) to now take advantage of the new Revocation of Paternity Act.  However, to take advantage of this “grandfather clause,” the biological father MUST file his case on or before June 13, 2013.  For over 15 years, I have specialized in Family Law.  I am the Manager of the Family Law Department, and the primary Divorce Attorney, at Dailey Law Firm, PC.  I strongly urge any men who have had children with a woman who was married to another man at the time to call me for a free initial consultation to discuss the exciting new developments for biological fathers under the new Revocation of Paternity Act.