South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014

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A270, R299, H4348

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Lucas, Clemmons, Southard, Douglas, Allison, Taylor, Felder, Loftis, W.J. McLeod, Pitts, D.C. Moss and Bales
Document Path: l:\council\bills\ggs\22577vr14.docx

Introduced in the House on January 14, 2014
Introduced in the Senate on April 15, 2014
Passed by the General Assembly on June 4, 2014
Governor's Action: June 9, 2014, Signed

Summary: Child visitation

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   12/3/2013  House   Prefiled
   12/3/2013  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary
   1/14/2014  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 42)
   1/14/2014  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 42)
   1/15/2014  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Taylor
   2/26/2014  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Felder
    4/2/2014  House   Committee report: Favorable Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 105)
    4/8/2014  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Loftis, 
                        W.J.McLeod, Pitts
    4/8/2014  House   Requests for debate-Rep(s). Bannister, KR Crawford, 
                        Murphy, Lowe, Merrill, Williams, Pitts, Munnerlyn, 
                        Thayer, WJ McLeod, Bowen, Hardwick 
                        (House Journal-page 18)
    4/9/2014  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: D.C.Moss, Bales
    4/9/2014  House   Requests for debate removed-Rep(s). Merrill, Munnerlyn, 
                        KR Crawford, Thayer, Bowen, Hardwick, Murphy, Williams 
                        (House Journal-page 54)
   4/10/2014  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 71)
   4/10/2014  House   Roll call Yeas-111  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 71)
   4/10/2014  House   Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative 
                        day (House Journal-page 72)
   4/11/2014  House   Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 5)
   4/15/2014  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 11)
   4/15/2014  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 11)
   5/21/2014  Senate  Committee report: Favorable Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 15)
   5/29/2014  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 59)
   5/29/2014  Senate  Roll call Ayes-43  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 59)
    6/4/2014  Senate  Read third time and enrolled (Senate Journal-page 18)
    6/5/2014          Ratified R 299
    6/9/2014          Signed By Governor
   6/13/2014          Effective date 06/09/14
   6/26/2014          Act No. 270

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/3/2013
4/2/2014
5/21/2014

(Text matches printed bills. Document has been reformatted to meet World Wide Web specifications.)

NOTE: THIS COPY IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL PUBLISHED IN THE ADVANCE SHEETS TO THE ACTS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS. WHEN THIS DOCUMENT IS PUBLISHED IN THE ADVANCE SHEET, THIS NOTE WILL BE REMOVED.

(A270, R299, H4348)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 63-3-530, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE FAMILY COURT, INCLUDING JURISDICTION TO ORDER VISITATION FOR GRANDPARENTS OF MINOR CHILDREN, SO AS TO ELIMINATE CERTAIN PREREQUISITES TO ORDERING VISITATION, AND TO CLARIFY THAT PARENT MEANS THE NATURAL OR ADOPTIVE PARENT.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Grandparent visitation

SECTION    1.    Section 63-3-530(A)(33) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 267 of 2010, is further amended to read:

"(33)    to order visitation for the grandparent of a minor child where either or both parents of the minor child is or are deceased, or are divorced, or are living separate and apart in different habitats, if the court finds that:

(1)    the child's parents or guardians are unreasonably depriving the grandparent of the opportunity to visit with the child, including denying visitation of the minor child to the grandparent for a period exceeding ninety days; and

(2)    awarding grandparent visitation would not interfere with the parent-child relationship; and:

(a)    the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the child's parents or guardians are unfit; or

(b)    the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that there are compelling circumstances to overcome the presumption that the parental decision is in the child's best interest.

The judge presiding over this matter may award attorney's fees and costs to the prevailing party.

For purposes of this item, 'grandparent' means the natural or adoptive parent of a natural or adoptive parent of a minor child."

Time effective

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 5th day of June, 2014.

Approved the 9th day of June, 2014.

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