delinquency cases, parents and juveniles may be found jointly and
severally responsible for the fees, costs, and restitution. Restitution
may be ordered jointly and severally with any co-defendants as well.
Parents and juveniles should anticipate the following fees and costs
associated with cases (as applicable in each case): attorney fees, state
minimum fees, Crime Victims' Rights fees, DNA fees, restitution,
placement costs, drug screens, counseling, tether costs, and other fees
related to direct services each juvenile may receive.
child protective proceedings, parents and legal guardians may be
responsible for their own attorney fees and costs as well as the costs
associated with guardian ad litem and legal representation for
children. The State of Michigan may redirect child support and other
benefits to pay for the cost of care while children are in placement.
adoption cases, petitioners are responsible for the following fees, as
applicable: filing fees and certified orders of adoption; new birth
certificate (payable to the State which issued the original birth
certificate); motions and supplemental petitions; home investigation
fees; adult adoption investigation fee; service and publication fees.