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AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 11, TITLE 13, DELAWARE CODE, RELATING TO TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR AN INTERLOCUTORY DEGREE IN CERTAIN CASES.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. § 1108, title 13, Delaware Code, is amended by adding to that section an additional subsection to be designated "(c)" and to read as follows:

(c) In the case of the termination of the parental rights of one parent only, for the purposes of adoption by a stepparent, upon the finding described in paragraph (a) above, the court may, in its discretion; in lieu of a final order enter an interlocutory order which the court shall make final at the completion of adoption proceedings, provided that any such interlocutory order which does not become final within eighteen calendar months of the issuance thereof shall, upon the expiration of such eighteen calendar month period, become null and void.

Approved June 14. 1968.