Adult Adoption

An adult adoption is an adoption of a person eighteen or older (generally by a step-parent).

The petitioners (adopting parents) file a petition with this Court and an investigation is conducted. Once the investigation is completed and the adoption is recommended a hearing will be scheduled to take the consent of the adoptee and finalize the adoption. The rights of the biological parent(s) are not terminated and their consent to the adoption is not required. The biological parent(s) are required to be notified of the adoption hearing.

Fees Associated with Adult Adoptions

Fee TypeFee Amount
Filing Fee$185 (Paid to Montcalm County at the Time of Filing)
Adoption Investigations$150 (Paid Directly to the Assigned Investigator)
Certified Copy of Order of Adoption$10 (Paid to Montcalm County Prior to Finalization)
Subsequent Petitions, Motions and Objections$20
Copies$1 per page

Fees may be paid by cash, check, or money order payable to: Montcalm County

View the Notice to Persons Representing Self (PDF).

Access the Starting an Adult Adoption for more information.