Title 78B - Judicial Code - Chapter 6 - Particular Proceedings - Part 1 - Utah Adoption Act - Section 116 - Notice and consent for adoption of an adult.


Published: 2015-05-12

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Effective 5/12/2015 78B-6-116 Notice and consent for adoption of an adult. (1)

(a) Consent to the adoption of an adult is required from: (i) the mature adoptee; (ii) any person who is adopting the adult; (iii) the spouse of a person adopting the adult; and (iv) any legally appointed guardian or custodian of the adult adoptee.

(b) No person, other than a person described in Subsection (1)(a), may consent, or withhold consent, to the adoption of an adult.

(2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), notice of a proceeding for the adoption of an adult

shall be served on each person described in Subsection (1)(a) and the spouse of the mature adoptee.

(b) The notice described in Subsection (2)(a) may be waived, in writing, by the person entitled to receive notice.

(3) The notice described in Subsection (2): (a) shall be served at least 30 days before the day on which the adoption is finalized; (b) shall specifically state that the person served must respond to the petition within 30 days of

service if the person intends to intervene in the adoption proceeding; (c) shall state the name of the person to be adopted; (d) may not state the name of a person adopting the mature adoptee, unless the person

consents, in writing, to disclosure of the person's name; (e) with regard to a person described in Subsection (1)(a):

(i) except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure; and

(ii) may not be made by publication; and (f) with regard to the spouse of the mature adoptee, may be made:

(i) in accordance with the provisions of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure; (ii) by certified mail, return receipt requested; or (iii) by publication, posting, or other means if:

(A) the service described in Subsection (3)(f)(ii) cannot be completed after two attempts; and (B) the court issues an order providing for service by publication, posting, or other means.

(4) Proof of service of the notice on each person to whom notice is required by this section shall be filed with the court before the adoption is finalized.

(5) (a) Any person who is served with notice of a proceeding for the adoption of an adult and who

wishes to intervene in the adoption shall file a motion in the adoption proceeding: (i) within 30 days after the day on which the person is served with notice of the adoption

proceeding; (ii) that sets forth the specific relief sought; and (iii) that is accompanied by a memorandum specifying the factual and legal grounds upon which

the motion is made. (b) A person who fails to file the motion described in Subsection (5)(a) within the time described

in Subsection (5)(a)(i): (i) waives any right to further notice of the adoption proceeding; and (ii) is barred from intervening in, or bringing or maintaining any action challenging, the adoption

proceeding.

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(6) Except as provided in Subsection (7), after a court enters a final decree of adoption of an adult, the mature adoptee shall:

(a) serve notice of the finalization of the adoption, pursuant to the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, on each person who was a legal parent of the adult adoptee before the final decree of adoption described in this Subsection (6) was entered; and

(b) file with the court proof of service of the notice described in Subsection (6)(a). (7) A court may, based on a finding of good cause, waive the notification requirement described in

Subsection (6).

Amended by Chapter 137, 2015 General Session