Fathers granted parental rights

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law a legislative package that grants biological fathers parental rights to children they have fathered with a married woman.

House Bill 5328, sponsored by state Rep. Matt Lori, allows men who father children with married women a role in how their children are raised. Under the previous law, the husband of the mother was granted full parental rights despite not being the biological father.

Lori said some men to whom the legislation impacts want to take responsibility and be a part of their children’s lives.

Lori’s measure, coupled with House Bill 5329, allows aspects of Michigan family law to be set aside when fatherhood outside the marriage is proven in court.

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