600.11  Notice of adoption hearing.

1.  The court shall set the time and place of the adoption hearing prescribed in section 600.12 upon application of the petitioner. The court may continue the adoption hearing if the notice prescribed in subsections 2 and 3 is given, except that such notice shall only be given at least ten days prior to the date which has been set for the continuation of the adoption hearing.

2.  At least twenty days before the adoption hearing, a copy of the petition and its attachments and a notice of the adoption hearing shall be given by the adoption petitioner to:

a.  A guardian, guardian ad litem if appointed for the adoption proceedings, and custodian of, and a person in a parent-child relationship with the person to be adopted. This paragraph does not require notice to be given to a person whose parental rights have been terminated with regard to the person to be adopted.

b.  The person to be adopted who is an adult.

c.  Any person who is designated to make an investigation and report under section 600.8.

d.  Any other person who is required to consent under section 600.7.

e.  A person who has been granted visitation rights with the child to be adopted pursuant to section 598.35.

Nothing in this subsection shall require the petitioner to give notice to self or to petitioner's spouse. A duplicate copy of the petition and its attachments shall be mailed to the department by the clerk of court at the time the petition is filed.

3.  A notice of the adoption hearing shall state the time, place, and purpose of the hearing and shall be served in accordance with rule of civil procedure 56.1. Proof of the giving of notice shall be filed with the court prior to the adoption hearing. Acceptance of service by the party being given notice shall satisfy the requirements of this subsection.

Section History: Early form

  [C27, 31, 35, § 10501-b4; C39, § 10501.4; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, § 600.4; C77, 79, 81, § 600.11]

Section History: Recent form

  94 Acts, ch 1174, §8, 22

Internal References

  Referred to in § 600.12, 600.12A

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