Change Venue Children In Out-of-home Placement
The act clarifies the circumstances when a case may not be transferred and adds to the statute factors where transfers should not occur, including:
- Where the legal parent or guardian has a history of frequent moves unless there is evidence of stability in the most recent move indicating an intent to remain in the new residence for 6 or more months;
- The case is likely to close within 3 to 6 months;
- The transfer will disrupt continuity or provision of services;
- The case is an expedited permanency planning case for a child under 6 years of age, unless the presumption that a transfer of proceedings is not in the best interest of the child has been rebutted by a preponderance of the evidence.
The county attorney filing a motion to change venue is required to notify the county attorney in the receiving county that a motion to change venue has been filed. The attorney for the receiving county has a right to file responsive pleadings and appear at the hearing.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)