New Law Slashes Biological Father’s Rights: 1-800-LAW-FIRM Fights for Father’s Right to Raise His Own Child

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Under Michigan's Revocation of Paternity Act, a mother can choose to exclude the biological father from their child's life. Southfield based law firm 1-800-LAW-FIRM steps in to fight for one local father's paternal rights.

Aaron is quite different. Aaron embraced this as an opportunity to be a father. That’s what he’s wanted to be, and I was quite moved by his story.

The recently passed Revocation of Paternity Act inadvertently robs fathers of their legal right to see and raise their own child if the father knew or had reason to know that the mother of the child was legally married at the time of conception. This new law has affected Detroit area resident Aaron Grimes. Grimes and Shawnita VanHook-Williams had a public four year long relationship during which she became pregnant. After VanHook-Williams gave birth, however, she decided that her husband should raise the child and denied Grimes paternal rights. Under the new law, this decision is within her legal rights, and Grimes must comply with her wishes. Grimes turned to 1-800-LAW-FIRM for legal help.

In a recent interview, Grimes said, “I want to help raise my son. I want my son to know who he is, the part of him that’s me… So it’s hard for me to just let it go because he is my son. He is a part of me.”

1-800-LAW-FIRM founder and lawyer Ari Kresch was touched by Grimes’ story, saying, “Normally, fathers that you encounter in a legal practice are trying to run away from the responsibility of raising a child and being financially responsible for the child. But Aaron is quite different. Aaron embraced this as an opportunity to be a father. That’s what he’s wanted to be, and I was quite moved by his story.”

Kresch goes on to explain that the new law does not sufficiently protect biological fathers’ rights. “If a biological father knew or should have known that the mother was technically married, regardless of whether the relationship itself is intact, he has no legal standing in court no matter what the DNA tests show. Equally disturbing is that the legislature does not consider the medical, psychological and legal interests of the child in knowing who its biological father is.”

Although a Macomb County Circuit Court judge threw out Grimes’ case (case number 12-5150-DP), 1-800-LAW-FIRM and Grimes plan to continue to fight for Grimes’ paternal rights.

About 1-800-LAW-FIRM
1-800-LAW-FIRM is a Southfield, MI based law firm that provides affordable legal services across the country for the masses. Their practice areas include family law, business law, estate planning, bankruptcy, medical malpractice, property tax appeals, and more.

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