Wyoming kids are growing up in nontraditional families in unprecedented numbers. Governor Matt Mead has recently approved legislation to simplify the legal status of older relatives, such as grandparents, who are acting as legal guardians to children or disabled adults. Specifically, the new law provides for the State to recognize the legal status of caretaker relationships, even if it was granted in another state. Tim Summers, State Director of the Wyoming AARP, says this bill cuts through red tape.
Summers said there have been cases in the past where legal guardianship was not recognized by the state and caregivers were detained. He also said the bill also has provisions that deal with family property disputes. The law goes into effect July first.