Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Indiana Senate Bill 190 - Termination of Parent-Child Relationship in Rape cases - to be heard on Wednesday 11 January 2012

Indiana Senate Bill 190 will come on for hearing before the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday 11 January 2012 at 9:00am in Room 130. This bill would allow the victim of a rape to seek to terminate the parent-child relationship of the father and the child.

The synopsis of the bill is as follows;
Allows a parent who is the victim of an act of rape from which a child was conceived to file a petition to terminate the child's parent-child relationship with the alleged perpetrator. Requires a court to terminate the parent-child relationship if the court finds: (1) by clear and convincing evidence that the alleged perpetrator committed an act of rape against the parent who has filed the petition to terminate the parent-child relationship and that the child was conceived as a result of the act of rape; and (2) terminating the parent-child relationship would be in the best interest of the child.

I believe that this bill has safeguards in it, although not explicitly stated, that would prevent a woman from claiming rape just as a means of attempting to sever the relationship between a father and his child.

The hearing is open to the public and the public is invited to testify. If you plan to testify I suggest that you arrive at about 8:45. You will need to complete an appearance form that should be available at the table for the Chair.

If you need assistance with a parent-child termination matter or any custody issues please visit my website and contact my scheduler to make an appointment to meet with me.

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