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Bill Watch, Apr. 11, 2017: Current Family Law Legislation of Note - Family Law News

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Posted on: Apr 11, 2017

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following family law related legislation. IndyBar members can request that the Legislative Committee track specific legislation by contacting committee chair Lawren Mills at lawren.mills@icemiller.com.

Click here to view the full Bill Watch reports.

HB1048    ADOPTION CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK. (AYLESWORTH M) Removes a requirement that a criminal history check in an adoption or guardianship proceeding must include a request for information from a national registry of substantiated child abuse and neglect reports.

HB1245    NOTICE OF ADOPTION TO GRANDPARENTS. (KARICKHOFF M) Provides that a grandparent of a child sought to be adopted is entitled to notice of pending adoption proceedings.

SB49    PLAN FOR THE PERMANENT PLACEMENT OF A CHILD. (GLICK S) Requires that a post-termination permanency plan is filed simultaneously with a petition for termination of a parent-child relationship.

SB246    CHILD NEGLECT DEFENSE. (HOLDMAN T) Specifies under the safe haven law that it is only a defense to a claim of neglect of a dependent if the individual left the child with a person who is an emergency medical services provider.

SB332    ADOPTION MATTERS. (ZAKAS J) Amends provisions regarding adoption notices. Requires, with exceptions, the attorney or licensed child placing agency obtaining a consent to adoption to provide to the person consenting to adoption the name and address of the court in which the adoption is filed. Provides that a consent to an adoption is not required from the biological father of a child born out of wedlock who was conceived as a result of a crime in any jurisdiction in which the elements of the crime are substantially similar to certain crimes under Indiana law. Amends provisions regarding: (1) when a putative father is not entitled to establish paternity; (2) application of notice provisions to the contesting of an adoption; (3) contesting an adoption; (4) withdrawing consent to an adoption; and (5) postadoption contact privileges. Prohibits: (1) any person from challenging an adoption decree after the expiration period; and (2) with exceptions, a court from granting an adoption unless the attorney or licensed child placing agency provided to the person who signed a consent to adoption the name and address of the court in which the adoption was filed. Makes the following changes to the crime of profiting from an adoption: (1) Provides that the crime does not apply if the birth mother is not a resident of Indiana and the adoption takes place outside of Indiana. (2) Increases, from $3,000 to $4,000, the allowable payments for certain costs and expenses. Prohibits the state department of health from processing a record for adoption unless certain fees have been paid and the report summarizing the available medical, psychological, and educational records concerning the birth parents has been submitted to the state department of health.

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