I work hard to build families through adoptions.
I often convert guardianships into adoptions to provide permanency for children.
Also known as private adoption, or independent adoption. I do many of these.
I often do adoptions from Michigan to other states, and sometimes from other states to Michigan. I am very familiar with ICPC procedures.
I often get involved in foster care adoptions-- especially when there are competing parties who want to adopt the same child.
Often, the best solution for a child is to be adopted by a relative. We do many of these.
Many people who adopt in a foreign country need a Michigan birth certificate. I often assist with registration of a foreign birth to accomplish this.
This can be a very positive experience for everyone including the former parent whose rights are terminated.
Our philosophy is to keep estate plans simple and keep them out of court! I can assist you with a will, a trust, durable or medical power of attorney, and other estate planning documents.
Michigan Adoption Attorney -- Assisting clients with private, infant, direct, relative, stepparent, interstate (ICPC), foster care, and other types of adoptions.
Rathert Law Offices provides prompt, friendly, high-quality legal services for individuals and families throughout Michigan. I also assist individuals and married couples residing outside Michigan who wish to adopt a child born in Michigan.
I concentrate my practice in Adoptions, Appeals, Minor Guardianships, Probate, and Estate Planning. My adoption practice includes: infant, private, direct placement, relative, interstate (ICPC), stepparent, and foster care adoptions. I also assist guardians who want to adopt their ward and married, same-sex couples, as well as single persons who want to adopt.
Please call me at 269-267-8071 or email us at to inquire about how we can help you!
ATTORNEY KEN RATHERT
Ken Rathert has been practicing law in Michigan since 1976. Ken has a wide variety of experience and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Ken served as a mediator in civil cases for the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court for over 20 years. Ken has been a Michigan Adoption Attorney since 1987.