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Father continues fight for parental rights

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(02/25/13) - A Mid-Michigan father continues fighting for his parental rights.

It's a journey Daniel Quinn has been on for years and one that has even changed law.

That fight got a big boost Monday afternoon with the judge acknowledging Quinn is the little girl's biological father and granting him immediate phone and computer contact.

Father and daughter, she will be seven soon, have not spoken since August of 2008.

"This is excellent news," said Quinn, wiping away tears. "This is what we've been fighting for so long. I get to talk to my little girl and see her. I can't wait."
 
Quinn now lives in Livingston County, but was a Genesee County resident when his custody battle began years ago.

His daughter Maeleigh was born to Quinn and his girlfriend and they raised her together for two and a half years, according to Quinn.

But she returned to her husband whom she had been separated from and moved out of state with the child, Quinn said.

According to Quinn, her husband was given rights to the child under an old law which gives legal rights to the mother's husband regardless whether he's the biological father.

Last summer, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a set of bills reversing the law.

"It's the best place we've been so far in a battle that's taken about four years," said Quinn's attorney Gregory Rohl. "A journey from the basic court system to the court of appeals to supreme court to the legislator and then back here again."

The next step is consideration of custody and child support.

Quinn and his attorney say they will fight for custody.

A hearing date has not yet been set.

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