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House Bill No. 5597

Public Act No. 04-128

AN ACT CONCERNING TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS BASED ON CONSENT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 45a-187 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(a) An appeal under section 45a-186 by [those] persons of the age of majority and who are present or who have legal notice to be present, or who have been given notice of their right to request a hearing or have filed a written waiver of their right to a hearing, shall be taken within thirty days, except as otherwise provided in this section. If such persons have no notice to be present and are not present, or have not been given notice of their right to request a hearing, [then] such appeal shall be taken within twelve months, except for appeals by such persons from [a decree] an order of termination of parental rights, other than an order of termination of parental rights based on consent, or a decree of adoption, in which case appeal shall be taken within ninety days. An appeal from an order of termination of parental rights based on consent, which order is issued on or after the effective date of this section, shall be taken within twenty days.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 45a-716 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2004):

(a) Upon receipt of a petition for termination of parental rights, the Court of Probate or the Superior Court, on a case transferred to it from the Court of Probate in accordance with the provisions of subsection (g) of section 45a-715, shall set a time and place for hearing the petition. The time for hearing shall be not more than thirty days after the filing of the petition, except, in the case of a petition for termination of parental rights based on consent that is filed on or after the effective date of this section, the time for hearing shall be not more than twenty days after the filing of such petition.

Approved May 21, 2004