House Bill 1206: Revises Grandparent Visitation Laws

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Last Updated: February 15, 2011
House Bill 1206: Revises Grandparent Visitation Laws
Sponsors:
Representatives Tornow, Cronin, Fargen, Liss, Novstrup (David), Rausch, Van Gerpen, and Vanneman and Senators Cutler, Holien, and Rave
Summary:

Currently, South Dakota law allows a court to assign visitation rights to a child's grandparents against the wishes of the child's parents if the court determines that visitation will not significantly interfere with the child's relationship with his or her parents, and the parents have denied the grandparents "reasonable" opportunity to visit the child.

This bill would protect the rights of parents by creating a rebuttable presumption that they are acting in the best interests of their child, and would require grandparents who seek court-ordered visitation to prove that the visitation sought is in the child's best interests.

HSLDA's Position:
Support.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

01/31/2011 First read in House and referred to House Judiciary
02/09/2011 Scheduled for hearing
02/09/2011 Judiciary Do Pass, Passed, Yeas 8, Nays 3.
02/10/2011 House of Representatives Deferred to another day
02/14/2011 House of Representatives Deferred to another day

This bill failed to pass, and is now dead.

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