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[Bill] Statute of Adoptions Bill

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

 

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, Her High Holiness the Yfirstormarksgythia and High Priestess of the Thingeyri Temple, Sigrdrífa the Priestess of the House of Vanadís, Ærkejarla of Thingeyri and the Idunn Isles, does hereby submit this Bill to the Most Honourable Jarls in this present Althing assembled for their consideration as law:

 

A Bill

 

AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISION FOR NEW AND PERMANENT FAMILY TIES THROUGH ADOPTION, GIVING PARAMOUNT CONSIDERATION TO THE PRE-ADULT'S BEST INTERESTS; AND TO MAKE PROVISION FOR MATTERS CONNECTED TO THE AFORESAID.

 

Most Gracious Sovereign Lord and Ruler of all the Lands Whatsoever Where Man Can Smell the Scent of Saline Waters or Hear the Sound of Crashing Waves,

 

WHEREAS it recently has become a concern widely felt in the Lands of the Longships Throne that at present there are no rules in the statutory law of the aforesaid Realm of Joy for persons who wish to assume the parenting of another individual, from that person's biological or legal parent or parents, and, in so doing, permanently transfer all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parent or parents to the adoptive parents;

 

AND WHEREAS we, Your Imperial and Royal Majesty's Most Faithful Jarls in the Althing assembled, have most solemnly endeavoured to exercise our Supreme Legislative Authority to, for the benefit of Storish Society as a whole, address the deficiencies, lacks, and other issues concerning the adoption of persons in the High Realm by making statutory provision for the paramount, salient and weighty legal and societal matter aforesaid;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, we, Your Imperial and Royal Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal Patricians, the Most Honourable Jarls of the High Realm in the Althing assembled, have freely and voluntarily resolved to create and establish this Statute concerning the adoption of persons by this Act of ours and through the provisions of the Act aforesaid make provision concerning the permanent conveyance of all parental rights and the protecttion of the interests of prospective pre-adult adoptees in such adoption process as well as several matters ancillary to the aforesaid, and we do most humbly beseech Your Imperial Valtian Viking Majesty that You may be graciously pleased to assent to and confirm as Law the following decision of Your Most Faithful Althingi Jarls:

 

Article 1. Non-Application of Act to House of Ettlingar Freyu

The provisions of this Act which are contrary to or inconsistent with the provisions of civil law of the Law of Ettlingar Freyu shall not apply to any of the members of the Imperial Branch of the House of the Descendants of Freyja.

 

Article 2: Power to Issue Adoption Orders

The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled hereby decree that the Court of the Realm may, upon petition by any person desirous of being authorised to adopt another individual, subject to the provisions of this Act, issue an order (referred to in this Act as an adoption order) authorising such petitioner to adopt such individual.

 

Article 3: Adopter and Adoptee

Any person authorised to adopt an individual by the Court of the Realm and any individual authorised to be adopted by the Law Chambers aforesaid shall be referred to in this Act as an adopter and an adoptee respectively.

 

Article 4: Age Requirements

The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled hereby decree that no adoption order shall be issued in any case where the petitioner is under the age of 25 Elw years or where the petitioner is less than 13 Elw years older than the person in respect of whom the petition is made.

 

Article 5: Restrictions Regarding Adoption Orders

An adoption order shall only be issued in the event that it is necessary in the interests of a pre-adult and there is reason to believe that a parent-child relationship shall be created between the adopter and the pre-adult. No adoption order shall be issued regarding any adult prospective adoptee without the prior consent of such adoptee made in open court.

 

Article 6: Selection of Adoptive Parent for Pre-Adults

When selecting or considering an adoptive parent for a pre-adult, the Court of the Realm shall, in determining the pre-adult’s best interests, take into consideration all relevant factors, including but not limited to:

  • the pre-adult's safety;
  • the pre-adult's physical and emotional needs and level of development;
  • the importance of continuity in the pre-adult's care;
  • the importance to the pre-adult's development of having a positive relationship with a parent and a secure place as a member of a family or a household;
  • the quality of the relationship the pre-adult has with a parent or other individual and the effect of maintaining such relationship;
  • the pre-adult's cultural, racial, linguistic and religious heritage;
  • the pre-adult's views;
  • the effect on the pre-adult if there is delay in making a decision.

Article 7: Futher Prohibitions

No adoption order shall be issued in the event that the issuance of such order is in conflict with weighty interests of the children of the adopter or the person being adopted or in the event that there is reasonable doubt that the children of the adoptive parent damage the interests of the person being adopted. Adoption shall also not be decided on based on proprietary interests. Upon deciding, it shall be verified that the consents required have not been granted for charge or any other compensation.

 

Article 8: Required Consents

The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled hereby decree that no adoption order concerning a pre-adult shall be issued save with the consent of every person or body who is a parent or guardian of the pre-adult in respect of whom the petition is made or who has the actual custody of the pre-adult or who is liable to contribute to the support of the infant.

 

Article 9: Power to Dispense with Required Consents

Notwithstanding the provisions of the previous Article, the Court of the Realm may dispense with any consent required by the aforesaid Article in the event that the Court of the Realm is satisfied that the person whose consent is to be dispensed with:

  • has abandoned, neglected, persistently ill-treated the pre-adult or cannot be found and that reasonable notice of the application for an adoption order has been given to the parent or guardian where the parent or guardian can be found; or
  • is unfit by reason of any physical or mental incapacity to have the care and control of the infant, that the unfitness is likely to continue indefinitely and that reasonable notice of the application for an adoption order has been given to the parent or guardian; or
  • ought, in the opinion of the Court of the Realm and in all the circumstances of the case to be dispensed with, notwithstanding that such person may have made suitable initial arrangements for the pre-adult by placing the infant under the care of the authorities of a home for pre-adults.

Article 10: Legal Effect of Adoption Order

Immediately after the issuance of an adoption order the adoptee shall acquire the same legal status in regard to the adopter(s), zir relatives and those having adoptive relationship to them, as if zie was the biological child of the adoptive parents, unless otherwise stipulated by law. As of the same time the pre-existing legal relationship between the adoptee and zir biological parents, other relatives and those having adoptive relationship to them, shall cease to exist, unless otherwise stipulated by law.

 

Article 11: Spousal Adoptions

Should a person adopt the child or adoptive child of zir spouse(s) then the child aforesaid shall acquire the same legal status as if zie was the biological child of those spouse(s). The same shall apply in the event that a cohabiting person adopts the child of zir cohabiting partner(s).

 

Article 12: Obligation of Adoptive Parents to Provide Information

The Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled hereby decree that the adoptive parents of a pre-adult shall inform their adopted child that zie is adopted as soon as such pre-adult shall be mature enough. This shall as a rule be done not later than when such pre-adult arrives at the age of six Elw years.

 

Article 13: Power to Make Rules and Regulations

The High King in the High Council of the Realm may make all the rules and regulations He may deem necessary or expedient to carry the purposes and provisions of this Act into effect.

 

Article 14: Short Title

This Act may be cited as the Statute of Adoptions of Year 14.

 

Article 15: Commencement

This Act shall come into operation immediately after it has received the Imperial Assent.

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Article 6. Memorandum of Explanation

 

Any Member of the Althing who introduces a Bill, Resolution or other Motion to the Althing shall add a Memorandum of Explanation to or include a number of "Whereases" in the said introduced Bill, Resolution or Motion giving the reasons for the introduction of aforesaid Bill, Resolution or Motion.

 

Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

 

A High Priestess wishes to convey that due to the Whereases elsewhere in this Bill no Memorandum of Explanation has been added.

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Thy Most Sacred Majesties,

Direct, I beseech Thee, O Fulltrui and Sacred Queens, the actions of us Jarls in this present Althing assembled by Thy most sacred inspirations and carry them on by Thy most gracious assistance; that every word and work of ours may always begin from Thee, O Three Ladies Divine, and by Thee be happily ended; through Thy Most Sacred Majesties' Love, so mote it be.

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Honourable Jarls,

 

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me, Lady Aoife the Celt of the House of the Descendants of Freyja, Krónjarla of Stormark, Imperial Chieftainess of the Sólareyjar, Bloodroyal and Ærkejarla of the Sólareyjar, Law Speaker of the Althing, grants the Applejarla leave to submit this Bill of hers to all of you here in this present Althing assembled. All of me has noted that motion for Unanimous Consent has also been made and wonders whether all of me shall hear a second?

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Lady Law Speaker, Honourable Jarls,

 

The Brísingajarla also seconds the move for Unanimous Consent.

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Honourable Jarls,

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me has noted that the motion for Unanimous Consent has been seconded. All of me is in agreement with the evocation of Unanimous Consent and this Bill will pass in 4 hours unless one of you who belongs to the body of the Most Honourable Jarls in the Althing assembled shall express zir objection against the Bill aforesaid by casting zir vote against it during the aforesaid allotted voting time.

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Honourable Jarls,

 

In the name of the Three Ladies Divine, Frigga, Freyja and Idunn, Fulltrui and Sacred Queens of the Good Lands of Valtia Reborn, from Whom all Authority in the Lands of the Longships Throne is derived, all of me has noted that none of you has casted zir vote against the Bill and therefore it is hereby pronounced passed by the the Most Honourable Jarls in this present Althing assembled. All of me does hereby submit this Bill to the High King for the Imperial Assent.

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Lady Law Speaker,

We do hereby inform you that We have granted Our Imperial Assent to the Statute of Adoptions Bill and the said Bill has therefore become Law as the Statute of Adoptions of Year 14.

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