SENATE BILL No. 121
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 31-17-5.
Synopsis: Grandparent visitation. Provides that a child's grandparent
may seek visitation rights when a parent or guardian of the child
unreasonably refuses or restricts visitation. Eliminates current
conditions under which a grandparent may seek visitation rights.
Effective: July 1, 2006.
January 9, 2006, read first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary.
Second Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2006)
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SENATE BILL No. 121
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
family law and juvenile law.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 31-17-5-1; (06)IN0121.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 31-17-5-1 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2006]: Sec. 1. (a) A child's
grandparent may seek visitation rights if
(1) the child's parent is deceased;
(2) the marriage of the child's parents has been dissolved in
(3) subject to subsection (b), the child was born out of wedlock.
a parent or guardian of the child unreasonably:
(1) refuses to allow; or
visitation by the grandparent.
(b) A court may not grant visitation rights to a paternal grandparent
of a child who is born out of wedlock
under subsection (a)(3) if the
child's father has not established paternity in relation to the child.
SOURCE: IC 31-17-5-4; (06)IN0121.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 31-17-5-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2006]: Sec. 4. A grandparent
seeking visitation rights shall file a petition requesting reasonable
(1) except as provided in subdivision (2), in a circuit or superior
court of the county in which the child resides in a case described
section 1(a)(1), 1(a)(3), section (1)(a) or 10 of this chapter; or
(2) in the court having jurisdiction over the dissolution of the
in a case described in section 1(a)(2) of this
chapter. if the marriage of the child's parents has been
dissolved in Indiana.