Parental rights and responsibilities are bestowed in several ways under Michigan law. Adoption, guardianship, and custody each have very important differences and legal battles may arise when parties with different rights disagree on issues that affect the same child(ren). Typically, biological parents and specifically the parent with legal custody has the highest decision-making authority. However, if the child has been adopted or if a guardian has been appointed, the adoptive parent(s) or guardian will trump biological parents in a disagreement. There is a caveat to this hierarchy. When parties disagree, the court must determine that any decision is in the best interest of the child… Click HERE to read more!