What are the grounds for terminating parental rights in Michigan?

Michigan law allows a court to terminate a parent’s rights if, after a trial, it finds that the parent has committed certain acts affecting the child, or failed to perform certain duties to care for the child. These include:

  • Abandonment of the child for 91 or more days;
  • Sexual abuse of the child;
  • Failure to provide support to the child despite having the means to do so;
  • Imprisonment for at least two years without the ability to care for the child; or
  • Conviction of certain violent criminal offenses.