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Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation that changes rules for establishing paternity for kids on welfare

Some new state legislation, recently signed into law by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, is poised to make a profound impact on how paternity is established within the state of Michigan for parents with children on welfare.

Governor Snyder, who signed 13 bills into law on Dec. 17, said that the aim was to keep the child support system in Michigan running smoothly, providing children and families with the resources they both need and deserve.  Read more

Revocation of Paternity Act Significantly Changes Standing for Alleged Fathers

On June 12, 2012, the Revocation of Paternity Act (RPA) was enacted, which changes standing for a potential biological father seeking to revoke an acknowledgment of parentage from what it was in the Acknowledgment of Parentage Act (APA).  Issues regarding standing in paternity cases have been a source of much attention because they involve questions of whether a biological father’s rights are inviolate compared to the “rights” of an equitable father or, even, the rights and best interests of the child at issue.  Read more