A step-parent adoption occurs when the custodial parent marries and his or her spouse petitions to adopt the custodial parent’s child, requesting termination of the noncustodial parent’s parental rights for purposes of adoption.
The custodial parent must have sole legal custody of the child. The non-custodial parent may consent to the adoption. If the non-custodial parent does not consent to the adoption, the parent with legal custody of the child may proceed adversarily against the non-custodial parent if the requirements of a number of Michigan statutes can be met.
During the course of a stepparent adoption, the rights of the custodial parent are not terminated and the child is not made a ward of the court.
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