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MI House Bill 5214


State: Michigan
Signed: April 01, 2024

Effective: March 31, 2025
Chapter: Public Act No. 31


House Bill 5214 modifies the law regarding acknowledgment of parentage forms. 


Amends Sections 722.1002-722.1007 of the Michigan Compiled Laws. 


Provides that an acknowledgment of parentage form is valid and effective and establishes the parentage of a child if signed by the individuals eligible to acknowledge parentage, and each signature is notarized by a Notary Public authorized by the state in which the acknowledgment is signed or witnessed by 1 disinterested, legally competent adult, as specified.  


House Bill 5214 is part of a nine-bill legislative package known as the Michigan Family Protection Act, signed by the Michigan Governor. Upon signing the bills into law, Governor Whitmer stated, “The Michigan Family Protection Act takes commonsense, long-overdue action to repeal Michigan’s ban on surrogacy, protect families formed by IVF, and ensure LGBTQ+ parents are treated equally.” Like House Bill 5207, which was required to be enacted for House Bill 5214 to also be enacted, the NNA tracks family law bills because they often require notarization of certain forms such as acknowledgment of parentage forms required by House Bill 5214. 

House Bill 5214 takes effect 90 days after the final adjournment of the 2024 Regular Session, which is currently projected to adjourn on December 31, 2024. Should the legislature adjourn on a different date, we will update the effective date listed above.