At The Law Office of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C. we understand that not all families are the same. While the traditional family may still exist of a father, a mother and children, there are many other family units that also exist today, including gay and lesbian couples with children. These couples, like heterosexual couples, sometimes seek to adopt children. So how do Michigan adoption laws apply to these couples?
First, according to LifelongAdoptions.com, the state of Michigan does permit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to submit a petition to adopt. However, Michigan does not allow a same-sex couple to jointly petition for the adoption of a child. Meantime, state law doesn’t specifically prohibit one same-sex partner to ask to adopt his or her partner’s child or a shared child in the relationship.
That means many gay and lesbian couples have been able to successfully adopt their partner’s child or children, or any shared children they have together. There are several different circumstances that can lead to gay and lesbian adoption petitions. They include lesbian couples that use male donors or a sperm bank to conceive a child and gay couples who have used the help of a surrogate mother to have a child.
Although these untraditional unions may not seem very common, any gay or lesbian parent that wants to become a legal parent of a child has the same rights as heterosexual parents, which means they can be given the legal right to make important decisions about all aspects of their child’s life.
If you would like to learn more about how gay and lesbian adoption laws work in the state of Michigan, then please visit our non-traditional unions page.