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This bill would grant any person visitation rights with any child, regardless of whether there is any actual family or parental relationship. The person seeking visitation would have to prove that there is a “parent-like” relationship with the child and that denial of visitation would cause real and significant harm to the child. Current law is even worse because it grants visitation of a child to any person by application of the best interests of the child standard. So this bill is actually an improvement of existing law, even though the bill is objectionable.
This bill should be monitored.
03/07/2012 (House) Referred to Joint Committee on Aging
03/08/2012 (House) Public hearing on 3/13/12
03/15/2012 (House) Favorably referred to Judiciary Committee
03/28/2012 (House) Favorably reported out of committee
04/12/2012 (House) Reported out of Legislative Commissioners' Office
04/17/2012 (House) Passed the House 146-0
04/18/2012 (Senate) Favorable report—tabled for the Senate calendar
05/09/2012 (Senate) Passed the Senate 36-0
05/29/2012 Public Act 12-137
05/31/2012 Transmitted to the Secretary of State
06/15/2012 Signed by the Governor
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