2014 legislation affecting Hoosier seniors

Indiana Senate Democrats: The Briefing Room

Each year, legislation is drafted to address issues concerning Indiana’s aging community. During the 2014 legislative session, a number of proposals gained final approval and will become law.

Many circumstances arise when an incapacitated individual is no longer able to make decisions on their own. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 59 allows a guardian, including a volunteer advocates for senior program or a volunteer advocates for incapacitated adults program, to request permission to file a petition for divorce, legal separation, or annulment of marriage on behalf of an incapacitated person. Under this law, the court may grant these requests on behalf of an incapacitated person only if the court determines by clear and convincing evidence that petitioning for a divorce, a legal separation, or an annulment is in the best interests of the incapacitated person. The act lays out several guidelines regarding who may request permission to file a petition and who…

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