General Assembly: 83 (2009 Regular GA) - Chapter 153 - Family in need of assistance and emancipation of a minor proceedings

Published: 2009-05-26

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CH. 153CH. 153



S.F. 366

ANACT relating to the emancipation of aminor and family in need of assistance proceedings.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. Section 232.125, subsection 2, Code 2009, is amended to read as follows: 2. Such a petition may be filed by the child’s parent, guardian or custodian, or by the child,

or on the court’s own motion as provided in section 232C.2. The judge, county attorney, or juvenile court officermay authorize such parent, guardian, custodian, or child to file a petition with the clerk of the court without the payment of a filing fee.

Sec. 2. Section 232.127, Code 2009, is amended by adding the following new subsection: NEW SUBSECTION. 11. If after hearing pursuant to this section, the court finds, by clear

and convincing evidence, that no remedy is available that would result in strengthening or maintaining the familial relationship, the court may order theminor emancipated pursuant to section 232C.3, subsection 4.

Sec. 3. NEW SECTION. 232C.1 EMANCIPATION PETITION — HEARING. 1. Aminorwho desires to become emancipatedmay file a petition for an order of emancipa-

tion in juvenile court if all of the following apply: a. The minor is sixteen years of age or older. b. The minor is a resident of this state. c. The minor is not in the care, custody, or control of the state. 2. A petition filed pursuant to this section shall contain the following: a. The petitioner’s name, mailing address, and date of birth. b. The name, mailing address1 of the petitioner’s parents or legal guardian. c. Specific facts to support the petition including but not limited to the following: (1) The minor has demonstrated financial self-sufficiency, including proof of employment

or othermeans of support, which does not include assistance or subsidies froma federal, state, or local governmental agency. (2) The minor has demonstrated an ability to manage the personal affairs of the minor. (3) The minor has demonstrated an ability and commitment to obtain and maintain educa-

tion, vocational training, or employment. (4) Any other information considered necessary to support the petition. d. Any one of the following: (1) Documentation that theminor has been living on theminor’s own for at least three con-

secutive months. (2) A statement explaining the reasons the minor believes the home of the minor’s parents

or legal guardian is not a healthy or safe environment. (3) Anotarized statement that containswritten consent to emancipation by theminor’s par-

ents or legal guardian. 3. The court shall hold a hearing on the petition within ninety days of the filing of the peti-

tion. Notice of the hearing, with a copy of the petition attached, shall be served by personal service on the minor’s parent or legal guardian at least thirty days prior to the hearing date. Any other parties shall be notified as provided by the rules of civil procedure for service of an original notice. 4. The minor may participate in the court proceedings on the minor’s own behalf, or may

be represented by the minor’s own counsel, or the court may appoint a guardian ad litem on behalf of the minor.

___________________ 1 According to enrolled Act; the phrase “name and mailing address” probably intended


Sec. 4. NEW SECTION. 232C.2 STAY — MEDIATION — REFERRAL TO FAMILY IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE. 1. Prior to an emancipation hearing held pursuant to section 232C.1, the court, on its own

motion, may stay the proceedings, and refer the parties to mediation, or request that the de- partment of human services investigate any allegations of child abuse or neglect contained in the petition, and order that a written report be prepared and filed by the department. 2. If aminor’s parent or guardian objects to the petition filed pursuant to section 232C.1, the

juvenile court shall stay the proceedings and refer the parties to mediation unless the juvenile court finds that mediation would not be in the best interests of the minor. 3. If an agreement is reached throughmediation, the parties shall file the signed agreement

with the juvenile court. 4. Notwithstanding subsections 1 through 3, the juvenile court, on its ownmotion, may dis-

continue emancipation proceedings pursuant to this chapter and interpret the petition as a petition to initiate family in need of assistance proceedings and consider the petition under sections 232.122 through 232.127.

Sec. 5. NEW SECTION. 232C.3 DETERMINATION OF EMANCIPATION — BEST IN- TERESTS OF THE MINOR. 1. The juvenile court shall determine emancipation based on the best interests of theminor

and shall consider all relevant factors including the following: a. The potential risks and consequences of emancipation and whether the minor under-

stands the risks and consequences of emancipation. b. The ability of the minor to be financially self-sufficient. c. The education level of the minor and success achieved in school. d. The criminal record of the minor. e. The desires of the minor. f. The recommendations of the parents or guardian of the minor. 2. The minor has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that the require-

ments for ordering emancipation under this section have been met. 3. The juvenile court shall carefully consider the best interests of the minor and after hear-

ing and consideration of the factors enumerated in this section, the juvenile court may order the minor emancipated or deny the petition for emancipation. 4. If after referral of a petition for the initiation of family in need of assistance proceedings

pursuant to section 232C.2, the juvenile court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that no remedy is available that would result in strengthening ormaintaining the familial relationship under the family in need of assistance proceedings pursuant to sections 232.122 through 232.127, the juvenile court may order the minor emancipated as provided in this section.

Sec. 6. NEW SECTION. 232C.4 EFFECT OF EMANCIPATION ORDER. 1. An emancipation order shall have the same effect as a child reaching the age of majority

with respect to but not limited to the following: a. The ability to sue or be sued in the child’s own name. b. The right to enter into a binding contract. c. The right to establish a legal residence. d. The right to incur debts. e. The right to consent to medical, dental, or psychiatric care. 2. Anemancipationorder shall have the sameeffect as the child reaching the age ofmajority

and the parents are exempt from the following: a. Future child support obligations for the emancipated child. b. An obligation to provide medical support for the emancipated child, unless deemed nec-

essary by the court. c. A right to the income or property of the emancipated child. d. A responsibility for the debts of the emancipated child. 3. An emancipated minor shall remain subject to voting restrictions under chapter 48A,


gambling restrictions under chapter 99B, 99D, 99F, 99G, or 725, alcohol restrictions under chapter 123, compulsory attendance requirements under chapter 299, and cigarette tobacco restrictions under chapter 453A. 4. An emancipated child shall not be considered an adult for prosecution except as provided

in section 232.8. 5. Notwithstanding sections 232.147 through 232.151, the emancipation order shall be re-

leased by the juvenile court subject to rules prescribed by the supreme court. 6. A parent who is absolved of child support obligations pursuant to an emancipation order

shall notify the child support recovery unit of the department of human services of the eman- cipation.

Approved May 26, 2009


CH. 154CH. 154


S.F. 405

AN ACT providing for the disposal of dead animal bodies by persons, including individuals practicing veterinary medicine, and making penalties applicable.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. Section 167.3, Code 2009, is amended to read as follows: 167.3 “DISPOSING” DEFINED. 1. Any A person who shall receive receives from any other person the body of any dead ani-

mal for the purpose of obtaining thehide, skin, or grease fromsuch animal, in anywaywhatso- ever, or any part thereof, shall be deemed to be engaged in the business of disposing of the bodies of dead animals, and must be the operator or employee of a licensed disposal plant. 2. A disposal plant does not include an operation where the body of a dead animal is cre-

mated, so long as the operation does not use the body of a dead animal for any other purpose described in subsection 1.

Sec. 2. Section 167.18, Code 2009, is amended to read as follows: 167.18 DUTY TO DISPOSE OF DEAD BODIES. 1. A person who has been caring for or who owns an animal that has died shall not allow

the carcass to lie about the person’s premises. The carcass shall be disposed of within twenty- four hours a reasonable time after death by composting, cooking, burying, or burning, as pro- vided in this chapter, or by disposing of it, within the allowed time, to a person licensed to dis- pose of it. 2. Subsection 1 does not apply to a veterinarian, issued a valid license or a valid temporary

permit by the Iowa board of veterinary medicine as provided in chapter 169, who contains a dead animal’s carcass in a manner that prevents an outbreak of disease.

Approved May 26, 2009