2006 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Conference Report)

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Guardians ad Litem (language only)

Item 34 #1c

Item 34 #1c

Judicial Department
Juvenile And Domestic Relations District Courts

Page 21, strike line 38 and insert:
"shall order the parent, parents, adoptive parent or adoptive parents of the child, or another party with a legitimate interest therein who has filed a petition with the court, to".
Page 21, line 42, strike "the parents" and insert "such party".

(This amendment clarifies the legislative intent regarding payments for Guardians ad Litem. The amendment permits the court, in cases where a party with a legitimate interest has filed a petition to the court, to shift the costs of the Guardian ad Litem to the party initiating the case when that party has caused the Commonwealth to incur the costs of the Guardian ad Litem.)