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Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption

   Currently, because same-sex marriage is not recognized by the State of Michigan, same-sex couples are not permitted to file for joint adoption of minors. This means that if you and your same-sex partner have children together , only one partner will be legally designated as a parent. Nonetheless, there are ways to plan for some protections for your children, such as parental delegations and provisions in your last will and testament.
   However, we are anticipating that very soon, same-sex marriage will be recognized in the State of Michigan. When that occurs, one of the first things same-sex couples should consider is filing for joint adoption of their children. This would allow both partners to have a legally recognized relationship with their child. Some refer to this as second-parent adoption or step-parent adoption.

Our office is happy to explain the options available to you, based on your situation

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your legal matter.
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