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New law allows women to decide if father can have role in child’s life

By Mason White 5:34 PM February 25, 2013
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By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A new law now allows women to decide if the father can play any role raising the child, according to press reports in Michigan.

This is a story about a man who did something that many people may not agree. He had a long term relationship with a married woman. The question however is should that prevent him from having a role in the upbringing of the child born out of wedlock?

In this case, a new state law gave women the power to choose if the biological father will be allowed to have any role in raising the child.

With respect to children born out of extramarital affairs, the Paternity Act which came into force last summer gives the mother the power to choose who will raise the child. If she wants to cut the biological father out of the equation she can and that’s what happened to Aaron Grimes. Grimes believes the law has gone too far.

Grimes said it was one of the happiest days of her life, holding his son moments after he entered the world 15 months ago.
“Having a child is not something I take lightly. It’s a responsibility and that is a responsibility that I want,” Grimes said, adding that he was looking forward to meeting his child from the beginning. “I was excited and she was very excited,” he said.

Shawnita VanHook-Williams, is the mother of his child. The two met in 2007 and Grimes said it was love at first sight. But she was married. After the child was born VanHook-Williams decided to go back to her husband and cut out the father of her child. Grimes went to court but quickly lost his case due to the new law.