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Chief Sponsor: Lorie D. Fowlke

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill allows a court to dismiss a petition for emancipation if it is insufficient or
             10      incomplete.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that the court shall review a petition for emancipation for completeness
             14      and whether the petitioner meets the age requirement before setting a hearing;
             15          .    allows the court to dismiss a petition without setting a hearing if it is incomplete or
             16      insufficient on its face; and
             17          .    removes the requirement that a guardian ad litem be appointed in every case.
             18      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          78A-6-804, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 78A-6-804 is amended to read:
             28           78A-6-804. Court procedure.
             29          (1) Upon the filing of a petition in accordance with Section 78A-6-803 , the court shall

             30      review the petition for completeness and whether the petitioner meets the age requirement for
             31      filing the petition.
             32          (a) If the petition is incomplete or the petitioner does not meet the age requirement, the
             33      court may dismiss the action immediately.
             34          (b) If the petition is complete and the petitioner meets the age requirement, the court
             35      shall schedule a pretrial hearing on the matter within 30 days.
             36          (2) The court [shall] may appoint a guardian ad litem in accordance with Section
             37      78A-6-902 to represent the minor.
             38          (3) At the hearing, the court shall consider the best interests of the minor according to
             39      the following:
             40          (a) whether the minor is capable of assuming adult responsibilities;
             41          (b) whether the minor is capable of living independently of his or her parents,
             42      guardian, or custodian;
             43          (c) opinions and recommendations from the guardian ad litem, parents, guardian, or
             44      custodian, and any other evidence; and
             45          (d) whether emancipation will create a risk of harm to the minor.
             46          (4) If the court determines by clear and convincing evidence that emancipation is in
             47      the best interests of the minor, it shall issue a declaration of emancipation.

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