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State may offer notice to some grandparents of upcoming adoption

During the course of one's life, the only thing that is constant is change. One state is now taking steps to provide notice of one life change to grandparents concerning the possible adoption of a grandchild. Every state, including California, has its own laws regarding whether other parties require notice in the event a grandchild will be adopted.

The proposed change in the law was a response to one particular case that was recently processed through that state's family courts. A grandparent who had previously been granted the rights of visitation with the grandchild lost that right when the child's remaining parent remarried. The new spouse legally adopted the child, thereby ending the visitation order for the grandparent.

The bill, which is just now being considered by the full senate after successfully passing a smaller committee hearing, would only apply to those situations where a grandparent had already sought and been granted the right to visit with a grandchild. The notice would not confer or modify any rights to those grandparents and would only serve as a notification concerning the impending adoption. If the grandparent wished to continue visitation, they would have the right to file a new petition.

It is not known whether Indiana will ultimately pass the bill and if it will become part of the adoption laws of the state. California residents may face a similar situation here and have questions regarding the rights of grandparents or related issues pertaining to family laws. There are knowledgeable and experienced family law attorneys who can provide further information and compassionate guidance regarding adoption and visitation laws.

Source:, "Bill would send adoption notice to grandparents", Shelby Mullis, May 15, 2017

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