H. B. 4231
(By Delegates Perdue, Fleischauer, Diserio,
Eldridge, Kinsey, Lawrence, Moore and Poore)
[Introduced January 20, 2014; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §48-10-902 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the effect of adoption on grandparent visitation rights.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §48-10-902 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 10. GRANDPARENT VISITATION.
§48-10-902. Effect of adoption of the child.
If a child who is subject to a grandparent visitation order under this article is later adopted, the order for grandparent visitation is automatically vacated when the order for adoption is entered, unless the adopting parent is a stepparent, grandparent or other relative of the child. remains in effect unless vacated in the order of adoption.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to keep a grandparent visitation order in place unless it is vacated in the adoption order.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.