600.12  Adoption hearing.

1.  An adoption hearing shall be conducted informally as a hearing in equity. The hearing shall be reported.

2.  Only those persons notified under section 600.11 and their witnesses and legal counsel or persons requested by the court to be present shall be admitted to the court chambers while an adoption hearing is being conducted. The adoption petitioner and the person to be adopted shall be present at the hearing, unless the presence of either is excused by the court.

3.  Any person admitted to the hearing shall be heard and allowed to present evidence upon request and according to the manner in which the court conducts the hearing.

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, § 600.12]

Internal References

  Referred to in § 600.7, 600.8, 600.11

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