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NEW Legislation in 2017.

We will be providing updates on new Grandparent Rights legislation as it is introduced this year.  Many State Legislatures convene in January, and new bills start showing up at that time.  check back on this page occasionally to find out whats being introduced, and it’s progress, in YOUR state.  Bill numbers in BLUE are also links to the actual bill.


MO HB260
Allows kinship placements for foster children – 2016-12-19 Prefiled (for 2017 Session).

Grandparent and great-grandparent visitation.  Allows great-grandparents to seek visitation rights with their great-grandchildren in certain circumstances.  Allows a grandparent or great-grandparent to seek visitation if the grandparent or great-grandparent has had meaningful contact with the child but, as a result of an estrangement between the parent of the child and the grandparent or great-grandparent, the parent of the child terminated the child’s visits with the grandparent or great-grandparent.  Establishes factors for the court to consider in determining whether granting a grandparent or great-grandparent visitation rights is in the best interests of the child. 2017-01-03 To Senate Civil Law Committee.
AN ACT relating to family member visitation rights. 2017-01-03 To House Judiciary Committee.
NY S00287
Prohibits the court from granting custody of or unsupervised visitation with a child to a person who has been convicted or accused of raping the parent of the child. 2017-01-04 To Senate Children and Families Committee.
VA HB1586
Court-ordered custody and visitation arrangements; transmission of order to child’s school. 2017-01-02 Committee Referral Pending.
KY HB104
AN ACT relating to child custody and visitation. 2017-01-06 To House Judiciary Committee.
MO HB112
Modifies provisions of law relating to custody of in vitro human embryos 2017-01-05 Read Second Time (H)
MO HB447
Modifies when a court shall include a written finding in the judgment or order regarding child custody 2017-01-05 Introduced and Read First Time (H)
NE LB122
Provide for family member visitation petitions 2017-01-06 Date of introduction.