As a follow up to the information in our recent newsletter, today the Governor filed signed versions of SB’s 558 and 560 to complete enactment of a package of bills that abolish dower rights in the state of Michigan. The legislative package consisted of HB 5520, SB 558 and 560 and they are now Public Acts 378, 489 and 490 of 2016.
In a nutshell, the bill package does the following:
Senate Bill 558 (Sen. Jones) – Abolishes a wife’s dower right in both statute and at common law and repeals sections of the Revised Judicature Act that pertain to dower rights.
House Bill 5520 (Rep. Kesto) – Deletes a provision that judgments of divorce and separate maintenance include a provision in lieu of dower.
Senate Bill 560 (Sen. Jones) – Applies the right of dower only to a surviving widow whose spouse died before the effective date of Senate Bill 558.
Each of the bills will take effect 90 days after enactment.