A stepparent adoption can take place after a child’s biological parent gets married to a person other than the child’s other biological parent. The new spouse may then petition the court to adopt the child, but the adoption cannot take place until the biological parent’s rights have been terminated. The biological parent must consent to the termination of parental rights or the new spouse must petition to have parental rights involuntarily terminated, which is not always easy and may be impossible if the biological / legal father has a parent / child relationship.
Under Michigan law, to obtain an involuntary termination of the biological parent’s parental rights, both of the following must occur:
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