Adult children barred from visiting an ailing parent will now have a way to seek legal recourse under a bill signed into law by Gov.
The measure, by Assemblyman
In the past, judges did not have explicit authority to enforce the visitation rights of an ailing adult. The law provided spouses all rights relating to the care of a loved one.
Under the new law, a judge can issue an order that specifically grants a conservator — someone who acts on behalf of an ailing adult — the power to enforce the adult's rights to receive visitors, phone calls and personal mail.
The bill, AB 1085, also requires caretakers to notify certain individuals of the ailing adult's death.
"Conflict among family members is the last thing our loved ones want to see as they approach their final hours," Gatto said in a statement. "I hope this bill will help decrease the heartache and stress of families already facing difficult circumstances."