Title 76 - Utah Criminal Code - Chapter 7 - Offenses Against the Family - Part 2 - Nonsupport and Sale of Children - Section 203 - Sale of child -- Felony -- Payment of adoption related expenses.


Published: 2019-05-14

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Effective 5/14/2019 76-7-203 Sale of child -- Felony -- Payment of adoption related expenses. (1) For purposes of this section:

(a) "Adoption related expenses" means expenses that: (i) are reasonably related to the adoption of a child; (ii) are incurred for a reasonable amount; and (iii) may include expenses:

(A) of the mother or father of the child being adopted, including: (I) legal expenses; (II) maternity expenses; (III) medical expenses; (IV) hospital expenses; (V) counseling expenses; (VI) temporary living expenses and lost wages during the pregnancy of the mother for up to

eight weeks after the day on which the mother delivers the child; or (VII) expenses for travel between the mother's or father's home and the location where the

child will be born or placed for adoption; (B) of a directly affected person for:

(I) travel between the directly affected person's home and the location where the child will be born or placed for adoption; or

(II) temporary living expenses during the pregnancy or confinement of the mother; or (C) other than those included in Subsection (1)(a)(iii)(A) or (B), that are not made for the

purpose of inducing the mother, parent, or legal guardian of a child to: (I) place the child for adoption; (II) consent to an adoption; or (III) cooperate in the completion of an adoption.

(b) "Directly affected person" means a person who is: (i) a parent or guardian of a minor when the minor is the mother or father of the child being

adopted; (ii) a dependent of:

(A) the mother or father of the child being adopted; or (B) the parent or guardian described in Subsection (1)(b)(i); or

(iii) the spouse or partner of the mother or father of the child being adopted. (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person is guilty of a third degree felony if the person:

(a) while having custody, care, control, or possession of a child, sells, or disposes of the child, or attempts or offers to sell or dispose of the child, for and in consideration of the payment of money or another thing of value; or

(b) offers, gives, or attempts to give money or another thing of value to a person, with the intent to induce or encourage a person to violate Subsection (2)(a).

(3) A person does not violate this section by paying or receiving payment for adoption related expenses, if:

(a) the expenses are paid as an act of charity; and (b) the payment is not made for the purpose of inducing the mother, parent, or legal guardian of a

child to: (i) place the child for adoption; (ii) consent to an adoption; or (iii) cooperate in the completion of an adoption.

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Amended by Chapter 491, 2019 General Session