Synopsis As Introduced Amends provisions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act concerning visitation. Changes references from "illegitimate child" to "child born out of wedlock". Makes various changes in terminology. Deletes certain language, that was in the visitation provisions prior to the amendment of those provisions by Public Act 93-911, concerning the modification of orders granting, denying, or limiting the visitation rights of a grandparent, great-grandparent, or sibling of a child. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the original bill with the following changes. Further amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Requires, in cases involving specified provisions of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, that a petition for visitation must be filed in the same court as the juvenile petition. Provides that post-adoption visitation rights for the biological grandparents or great-grandparents of the adoptee may be granted when the adoptee is adopted by a stepparent, grandfather, grandmother, brother, half-brother, sister, half-sister, aunt, or uncle or a spouse of any of the listed persons. Provides that the visitation rights may be maintained or granted at the discretion of the court at any time prior to or after the final order of adoption is entered upon a petition by the biological grandparents or great-grandparents. Provides that a court may modify an order or judgment granting, denying, limiting, or restricting the visitation rights of a grandparent, great-grandparent, or sibling of any minor child if the moving party proves by clear and convincing evidence that a change has occurred in the circumstances of the child or the child's custodian and that the modification is necessary to protect the mental, physical, or emotional health of the child (instead of restricting the modification to by stipulation of the parties or after 2 years after the date the order was filed). Effective immediately.