Certified copies (containing the raised seal) of the following documents:
Adoptee's Birth Certificate
Marriage license for petitioners
Judgment of Divorce for petitioners' previous marriages, if any
Death Certificate for any deceased parent, if any
Petitioner or adult adoptee must be a resident of Montcalm County for not less than one year prior to the date of filing
Petitioners must be married for at least one year prior to the date of filing
The adoptee must be present at the hearing to give consent to the adoption
It is recommended that the documentation be brought to the Juvenile Court office by the petitioner for filing. Filings may be completed by mail, however, there may be a delay if your documents are not complete or correct.
Keep copies of all documents filed with the court for your records. Copies obtained from the court are $1 per page.