Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 872Ratification Number: 499Act Number: 429Primary Sponsor: MooreType of Legislation: GBSubject: Grandparent visitationCompanion Bill Number: 4503Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19940518Computer Document Number: PT/22207AC.94Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19940527Introduced Date: 19940111Date of Last Amendment: 19940505Last History Body: ------Last History Date: 19940527Last History Type: Act No. 429Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Moore Leventis Greg Smith Short MescherType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- ------------ 872 ------ 19940527 Act No. 429 872 ------ 19940527 Signed by Governor 872 ------ 19940524 Ratified R 499 872 Senate 19940518 Concurred in House amendment, enrolled for ratification 872 House 19940510 Read third time, returned to Senate with amendment 872 House 19940505 Amended, read second time 872 House 19940420 Committee Report: Favorable 25 872 House 19940209 Introduced, read first time, 25 referred to Committee 872 Senate 19940208 Read third time, sent to House 872 Senate 19940203 Amended, read second time 872 Senate 19940202 Committee Report: Favorable 11 with amendment 872 Senate 19940111 Introduced, read first time, 11 referred to Committee 872 Senate 19931011 Prefiled, referred to 11 CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A429, R499, S872)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-420, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE FAMILY COURT TO ORDER GRANDPARENT VISITATION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH GRANDPARENT VISITATION MAY BE GRANTED AND TO PROVIDE THAT THIS REVISION TO THE AUTHORITY TO GRANT GRANDPARENT VISITATION DOES NOT IN AND OF ITSELF CONSTITUTE GROUNDS FOR MODIFYING AN EXISTING ORDER.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Conditions under which grandparent visitation may be ordered
SECTION 1. Section 20-7-420(33) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(33) To order periods of visitation for the grandparents 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 regardless of the existence of a court order or agreement, and upon a written finding that the visitation rights would be in the best interests of the child and would not interfere with the parent/child relationship. In determining whether to order visitation for the grandparents, the court shall consider the nature of the relationship between the child and his grandparents prior to the filing of the petition or complaint."
Revisions not basis for modifying existing order
SECTION 2. Application of the provisions of Section 20-7-420(33) of the 1976 Code, as amended by Section 1 of this act, to an existing order for grandparent visitation in effect on this act's effective date does not, in and of itself, constitute grounds for modification of that existing order.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 27th day of May, 1994.