Michigan Custody update: Snyder signs the Rape Survivor Custody Act

The Rape Survivor Custody Act protects woman who become impregnated by a rapist.

Governor Snyder singed the Rape Survivor Custody Act set forth in Michigan Senate bill 858 and Michigan House bill 4481 were reconciled and signed into law by Governor Snyder on May 3, 2016.


Widely lauded by conservative right to life groups who believe the law may limit abortions, the Rape Survivor Custody Act law makes sense to many regardless of their political affiliations.

The Rape Survivor Custody Act provides protections to a rape survivor who became pregnant from an assault. The survivor can petition the court to terminate the parental rights of the rapist, preventing the rapist from exercising parenting time or custody rights.

Prior to the passage of the Rape Survivor Custody Act only rapists convicted for felony rape could lose parental rights.

The Rape Survivor Custody Act lowers the standard for termination of custody and parenting time to the same standard as those who abuse or neglect a child making it easier for survivors to terminate the parental rights of a rapist.

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