CHAPTER 116

(HB 1055)

Parental rights, termination proceedings made final after certain date.

         ENTITLED, An Act  provide for the finalization of proceedings for termination of parental rights under certain circumstances.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:

     Section  1.  That § 25-5A-26 be amended to read as follows:

     25-5A-26.   Except in any case involving fraud, any proceeding for the termination of parental rights commenced by a parent under chapter 25-5A and finalized prior to July 1, 1993, is hereby in all things legalized, cured, and validated two years after the proceeding is finalized . If any person has a claim or right arising from the termination of parental rights finalized prior to July 1, 1993 , that person must shall initiate any action to enforce such right or claim prior to July 1, 1995 no later than two years of the date when the proceeding is finalized .

     Section  2.  This Act is effective on July 1, 2001.

     Signed February 28, 2000.


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