WEST virginia Legislature
2018 regular session
House Bill 4590
By Delegate Sponaugle
[Introduced February 13, 2018; referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §48-22-804, relating to nullifying certain adoption orders, to read as follows:
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 22. ADOPTION.
§48-22-804. Annulment of adoption by adoptee.
Any adult resident who has been previously adopted by order of a West Virginia court may petition a circuit court for a court order annulling the adoption. Upon granting the petition by the court, all legal rights and privileges granted pursuant to state law by the adoption are null and void. The court, upon request of the petitioner, as part of any such order, may change the name of the petitioner, if the petitioner has the legal surname of the adopted parent.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow adult adoptees who are residents of the state to nullify adoption orders of state courts.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.