Adoption petition, time for filing revised.
be amended to read as follows:
Whenever a person, or a husband and wife jointly, petition the circuit court for leave
to adopt a minor child, the judge of the circuit court shall fix a time for hearing not less than ten
days from the filing of such petition
. The petition may be filed with the circuit court before the
six-month period required by
25-6-9 has passed. The circuit court
may, in the case of a stepparent
adopting a stepchild, and shall in all other cases, direct a court services officer or other officer of
the court or an agent of the Department of Social Services or some other discreet and competent
person to make a careful and thorough investigation of the matter and report
writing to the court. A history of any previous child support obligations of each prospective
adoptive parent shall be included in the investigative report.