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Alabama

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AL S 186
2017

Family Law

Status: Failed – Adjourned – SENATE
Date of Last Action:*  2/14/2017
Author: Stutts (R) Additional Authors: Beasley (D);Marsh (R);Albritton (R);Singleton (D);Coleman-Madison (D);Sanford (R);Bussman (R);Whatley (R);Shelnutt (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to child custody, clarifies the policy of this state regarding child custody, provides definitions, requires a parenting plan and to authorize the court to establish a parenting plan in certain situations, specifies the contents of the parenting plan, specifies the factors the court may consider in establishing a parenting plan, specifies remedies when a party fails to adhere.


AL S 191
2017

Family Law

Status: Failed – Adjourned – SENATE
Date of Last Action:*  2/14/2017
Author: Figures (D) Additional Authors: Dunn (D);Smitherman (D);Ward (R);Ross (D);Whatley (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: AL H 239 – Companion
Summary: Relates to child custody, clarifies the policy of this state regarding child custody, provides definitions, requires a parenting plan and to authorize the court to establish a parenting plan in certain situations, specifies the contents of the parenting plan, specifies the factors the court may consider in establishing a parenting plan, specifies remedies when a party fails to adhere to certain provisions in a parenting plan.


AL H 239
2017

Child Custody

Status: Failed – Adjourned – SENATE
Date of Last Action:*  2/16/2017
Author: Hill J (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: AL S 191 – Companion
Summary: Relates to child custody, clarifies the policy of this state regarding child custody, provides definitions, requires a parenting plan and to authorize the court to establish a parenting plan in certain situations, specifies the contents of the parenting plan, specifies the factors the court may consider in establishing a parenting plan.


Arizona

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AZ S 1315
2017

Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/23/2017
Author: Allen (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to legal decision-making and parenting time, relates to legal decision-making for the best interests of child, relates to order for support, relates to health insurance coverage for an uninsured child.


AZ H 2296
2017

Best Interests of Child and Presumption

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/12/2017
Author: Kern (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to best interests of child, relates to presumption.


AZ H 2301
2017

Child Custody and Investigators

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/12/2017
Author: Kern (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Summary: Relates to child custody, relates to investigators, relates to appointment.


Arkansas

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AR S 777
2017

Law Concerning Child Custody

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  3/20/2017
Author: Chesterfield (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Amends the law concerning child custody, provides that a child over a certain age has the right to select the parent whom the child desires to be awarded custody of him or her.


AR H 1445
2017

Parent Child Relationship Protection Act

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  2/6/2017
Author: Lowery (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Creates the parent-child relationship protection act, provides factors and procedures for determining whether or not a change of a child’s principal place of residence is in the best interest of the child.


California

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CA S 170
2017

Child Custody: Preferences of the Child

Status: Pending – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/23/2017
Author: Leyva (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Requires a court to permit a child who is 10 years of age or older to address the court regarding custody or visitation, unless the court determines that doing so is not in the child’s best interest.


CA A 712
2017

Civil Actions: Change of Venue

Status: Pending – Senate Third Reading File
Date of Last Action:*  4/17/2017
Author: Bloom (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Requires a court transferring jurisdiction of a family law action to retain jurisdiction, if another court has not assumed jurisdiction over the action or proceeding, to make orders designed to prevent immediate danger or irreparable harm to a party or to the children involved in the matter, or to prevent the immediate loss or damage to property subject to disposition in the matter.


CA A 808
2017

Child Custody: Appointment of Counsel

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  4/26/2017
Author: Cunningham (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Authorizes a court to appoint private counsel who does not meet certain continuing education and training requirements to represent the interests of a child in a child custody or visitation proceeding if the court determines that an attorney who meets the requirements is not available and the appointment is in the best interests of the child.


CA A 1692
2017

Judiciary Omnibus

Status: Pending – Senate Appropriations Committee
Date of Last Action:*  6/27/2017
Author: Judiciary Cmt
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Authorizes a party, prior to filing the petition, application, or other pleading to obtain or modify a temporary or permanent custody or visitation order, to request that the court set a custody or visitation issue for mediation and authorizes the court to do so. Authorizes a court to issue an ex parte order enjoining a party from credibly impersonating or falsely personating another party.


Colorado

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CO H 1110
2017

Jurisdiction Juvenile Court Parental Responsibilities

Status: Enacted – Act No. 137
Date of Last Action:*  04/18/2017 – Enacted
Author: Beckman (R) Additional Authors: Todd (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Summary: HB 1110 authorizes the juvenile court to set parental responsibilities, parenting time and child support matters if there is a stipulated agreement of all parties, it is in the best interests of the child, the child is within the jurisdiction of the court, a child custody action is pending in a district court and all parties agree. Specifies other procedural and technical requirements.


Connecticut

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CT H 5989
2017

Establishment Of Parental Equality Rights

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/19/2017
Author: Sredzinski (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Concerns the establishment of parental equality rights.


CT H 6442
2017

Custodial Interference in the First Degree

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/23/2017
Author: Gonzalez (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Concerns custodial interference in the first degree, expands upon the type of conduct that constitutes criminal custodial interference in the first degree.


CT H 6626
2017

Court Orders Relating to Custody and Visitation

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/24/2017
Author: Gonzalez (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Imposes sanctions against a parent who is in contempt of court orders relating to custody and visitation, promotes the best interests of children by ensuring that parents comply with court orders relating to custody and visitation.


CT H 6638
2017

Care and Custody of Minor Children

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/24/2017
Author: Gonzalez (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Concerns legal disputes involving the care and custody of minor children, establishes new statutory requirements and Superior Court procedures in legal disputes involving the care and custody of minor children.


CT H 6645
2017

Shared Parenting

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/24/2017
Author: Srinivasan (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Creates a presumption in favor of shared parenting in cases involving the custody of a child, establishes parental access equality in cases involving the custody of a minor child.


Florida

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FL S 590
2017

Child Support and Parenting Time Plans

Status: Enacted – Act No. 2017-117
Date of Last Action:*  06/15/2017 – Enacted
Author: Brandes (R) Additional Authors: Gibson A (D);Stargel (R);Campbell (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Enforcement
Associated Bills: FL H 1337 – Similar
Summary: Relates to child support and parenting time plans, authorizes the Department of Revenue to establish parenting time plans agreed to by both parents in Title IV-D child support actions, provides the purpose and requirements for Title IV-D Standard Parenting Time Plans, provides requirements for including parenting time plans in certain administrative orders, encourages frequent contact between a child and each parent to optimize the development of a close and continuing relationship.


FL H 1337
2017

Child Support and Parenting Time Plans

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  4/24/2017
Author: Diaz J (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Enforcement
Associated Bills: FL S 590 – Similar
Summary: Relates to child support and parenting time plans, states legislative intent to encourage frequent contact between a child and each parent, authorizes the Department of Revenue to establish parenting time plans agreed to by both parents in Title IV-D child support actions, requires the department to mail Title IV-D Standard Parenting Time Plans with proposed administrative support orders, provides requirements for including parenting time plans in certain administrative orders.


Georgia

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GA H 321
2017

De Facto Custodians Custody Arrangements

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Juvenile Justice Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/9/2017
Author: Efstration (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Provides for de facto custodians custody arrangements, provides for related matters, provides for an effective date, repeals conflicting laws.


GA H 497
2017

De Facto Custodian Provisions

Status: Pending – Carryover – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/1/2017
Author: Efstration (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Extends the period for filing a petition for delinquency when informal adjustment or other nonadjudicatory procedures are being used, until such informal adjustment or procedures have failed, relates to domestic relations, provides for de facto custodians custody arrangements, provides for joint child custody arrangements between a parent and a de facto custodian of a child, relate to investigations of abuse or neglect.


GA SR 504
2017

Study Committee Directive

Status: Pending – Carryover – Senate Rules Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/22/2017
Author: Williams M (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Creates the Senate Study Committee on Parents Who Misuse the Judicial System in Child Custody Proceedings.


Hawaii

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HI H 79
2017

Divorce and Children

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/18/2017
Author: San Buenaventur (D) Additional Authors: Takumi (D);Evans (D);Belatti (D);Nakashima (D);Kobayashi (D);Onishi (D);Creagan (D);LoPresti (D);Gates (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Associated Bills: HI S 167 – Companion
Summary: Temporarily requires parties in a divorce proceeding to refrain from moving a child from a county of residence, removing the child from school, interfering with custodial arrangements, or discontinuing payments on financial obligations, expedites mediation and financial and property disclosure.


HI S 167
2017

Divorce and Child Custody

Status: Pending – Carryover – Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/19/2017
Author: Shimabukuro (D) Additional Authors: Espero (D);Baker (D);Green (D);Gabbard (D);Riviere (D);Ruderman (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Associated Bills: HI H 79 – Companion
Summary: Temporarily requires parties in a divorce proceeding to refrain from moving a child from a county of residence, removing the child from school, interfering with custodial arrangements, or discontinuing payments on financial obligations, expedites mediation and financial and property disclosure.


HI H 697
2017

Family Courts

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Human Services Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/20/2017
Author: Mizuno (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Violence Collaboration
Summary: In child custody and visitation proceedings involving an allegation or history of family violence: (1) requires family courts to first hold an evidentiary hearing on the issue of family violence, (2) requires child custody evaluators to have qualifications relevant to the subject of family violence.


Illinois

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IL H 429
2017

Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage

Status: Pending – House Rules Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/12/2017
Author: Bourne (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Summary: Amends the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, provides that in proceedings involving the allocation of parental responsibilities, if there is an allegation of drug abuse made against a parent, the court shall order drug testing of the parent before issuing a final allocation judgment.


IL H 2626
2017

Parental Rights for the Blind

Status: To Governor – To Governor
Date of Last Action:*  4/28/2017
Author: Fine (D) Additional Authors: McAsey (D);Moeller (D);Van Pelt (D);Harris N (D);Yingling (D);Willis (D);Scherer (D);Conroy (D);Moylan (D);Kifowit (D);Cassidy (D);Rezin (R);Mussman (D);Mulroe (D);Gabel (D);Thapedi (D);Murphy L (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Creates the Parental Rights for the Blind Act, contains statements of legislative findings and purpose, defines terms, provides that a person’s blindness shall not serve as a basis for denial or restriction of parenting time, the allocation of parental responsibilities, participation in adoption proceedings, foster care placement, or guardianship appointment.


Indiana

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IN S 36
2017

Physical Custody and Parenting Time

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate Civil Law Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/3/2017
Author: Ford J (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to physical custody and parenting time, adds a rebuttable presumption in child custody proceedings that joint physical custody is in the best interests of the child, and equal parenting time is in the best interests of the child, provides that the default joint physical custody or parenting time schedule is to alternate weekly physical custody of the child, unless the parents submit an alternative schedule that is approved by the court.


IN H 1216
2017

Child Custody Petitions

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/10/2017
Author: Young (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to child custody petitions, prohibits the department of child services, an agency or person authorized to act on behalf of the department of child services, or a similar agency or county office with similar responsibilities in another state from filing a petition seeking a determination of custody of a child.


IN H 1334
2017

De Facto Custodian

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/12/2017
Author: Kersey (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to de facto custodian, amends the minimum time requirement for a caregiver to meet the definition of de facto custodian, adds factors to be considered by the court in determining whether to award custody of a child to a de facto custodian.


Iowa

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IA HSB 5
2017

Child Custody and Visitation Proceedings

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/17/2017
Author: Judiciary Cmt
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Summary: Relates to guardians ad litem, attorneys for minor children, child custody investigators, and child and family reporters involved in child custody and visitation proceedings.


IA H 12
2017

Extraordinary Visitation to a Noncustodial Parent

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/17/2017
Author: Wolfe (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Guidelines – Adjustments
Summary: Relates to the awarding of extraordinary visitation to a noncustodial parent.


IA H 15
2017

Expedited Process in a Dissolution of Marriage

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/17/2017
Author: Wessel-Kroesche (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Summary: Relates to the provision of an expedited process in a dissolution of marriage proceeding to determine the temporary custody of a minor child with chronic or complex medical needs.


IA H 71
2017

Joint Custody and Joint Physical Care of a Child

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/23/2017
Author: Mommsen (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to the preference for joint custody and joint physical care of a child in awarding custody.


IA S 72
2017

Consideration of Gender in Awarding of Joint Custody

Status: Pending – Carryover – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/11/2017
Author: Chelgren (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to the consideration of gender of the parent in the awarding of joint custody of a child.


IA S 78
2017

Parental Authority Delegation

Status: Pending – Carryover – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/12/2017
Author: Sinclair (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to the temporary delegation of parental authority by the parent or legal custodian of a child.


IA H 126
2017

Child Court Statement Consideration

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/26/2017
Author: Anderson M (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Requires a court to consider the statement of a child, who is the subject of a child custody determination, regarding the custody arrangement.


IA S 190
2017

Joint Custody Preference

Status: Pending – Carryover – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/2/2017
Author: Zaun (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to the preference for joint custody and joint physical care of a child in awarding custody.


IA H 292
2017

Parental Custody and Support Responsibilities

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Human Resources Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/10/2017
Author: Rogers (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to parental responsibilities including those related to custody and support and providing penalties.


 

Kansas

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KS S 124
2017

Child Custody Determination

Status: Enacted – Act No. 2017-58
Date of Last Action:*  04/21/2017 – Enacted
Author: Judiciary Cmt
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: SB 124 clarifies that the court shall determine legal custody, residency and parenting time of a child in accordance with the best interests of the child. Adds evidence of domestic abuse, including but not limited to a pattern or history of physically or emotionally abuse behavior over an intimate partner or household member or an act of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault to the list of considerations when determining custody, residency and parenting time.


 

Kentucky

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KY H 104
2017

Child Custody and Visitation

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/3/2017
Author: Nelson (D) Additional Authors: Westrom (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Allows that, if in the best interest of the child, the court shall order a visitation schedule that permits both parents or a de facto custodian the opportunity to enjoy maximum participation in the life of the child.


KY H 492
2017

Temporary Custody Orders

Status: Enacted – Act No. 163
Date of Last Action:*  04/10/2017 – Enacted
Author: Petrie (R) Additional Authors: Osborne (R);Mills R (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: HB 492 allows for temporary custody orders to the parents or de facto custodians of the child. Allows for parents or de facto custodians to agree to a temporary custody order. Creates a rebuttable presumption that joint custody, and equal parenting time shall be ordered when making temporary custody orders. Clarifies that if equal parenting time is not warranted, the court shall maximize the time each parent or de facto custodian spends with the child. Requires temporary orders to include specific findings of fact and conclusions of law, as well as provisions addressing the exchange of the child. Allows for modification of temporary orders when there is a material and substantial change in circumstances.


Maryland

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MD S 368
2017

Child Custody

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/26/2017
Author: Lee (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Repeals references to the terms child custody and visitation and substituting the terms legal decision making and parenting time in specified instances, requires the court, in determining the appropriate allocation of legal decision making or parenting time between the parties, to consider specified factors, authorizes the court to award joint legal decision making to both parties under specified circumstances.


MD H 508
2017

Legal Decision Making

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/27/2017
Author: Dumais (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Repeals references to the terms child custody and visitation and substituting the terms legal decision making and parenting time in specified instances, requires the court, in determining the appropriate allocation of legal decision making or parenting time between the parties, to consider specified factors, authorizes the court to award joint legal decision making to both parties under specified circumstances.


MD S 905
2017

Legal Decision Making

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/3/2017
Author: Muse (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Creates a rebuttable presumption in specified legal decision making and parenting time proceedings that specified co-parenting arrangements are in the best interests of a child, authorizes a court to consider specified factors when determining the best interests of the child, authorizes the court to award primary legal decision making and parenting time under specified circumstances, requires the court to enter specified information on the record.


MD S 1095
2017

Child Support

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/17/2017
Author: Muse (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Enforcement
Summary: Requires the court, in any case in which the court determines child support, if there is no court order awarding custody and visitation of the child, to refer the parties to the resources available to assist them in establishing custody and visitation, requires the Child Support Enforcement Administration, when it has established a child support obligation and there is no court order awarding custody and visitation of the child, to refer the parties to the resources available to assist them in.


Massachusetts

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MA H 772
2017

Court Ordered Parenting Time

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  1/23/2017
Author: Dooley (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to court ordered parenting time.


MA S 775
2017

Probate and Family Court Child Interests

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  2/22/2017
Author: Brownsberger (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to determining the best interest of children in probate and family court.


MA H 781
2017

Release Visitation Rights in Domestic Violence Cases

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  1/23/2017
Author: Dwyer (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Violence Collaboration
Summary: Relates to conditions of release visitation rights in domestic violence cases.


MA H 799
2017

Involvement of Non Custodial Parents in Child Care

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  1/23/2017
Author: Garry (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Guidelines
Summary: Relates to the involvement of non-custodial parents in child care.


MA H 800
2017

Court Ordered Visitation Rights

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  1/23/2017
Author: Garry (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Prohibits court ordered visitation rights to persons convicted of criminal offenses against minors.


MA H 811
2017

Shared Parenting in Cases of Divorce

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  1/23/2017
Author: Garry (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to shared parenting in cases of divorce.


MA S 812
2017

Parental Choice of Terminology

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  2/22/2017
Author: Creem (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to parental choice of terminology in certain domestic relations matters.


MA S 894
2017

Domestic Violence Cases

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  2/22/2017
Author: Lewis J (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Violence Collaboration
Summary: Relates to visitation and family court matters in domestic violence cases.


MA S 930
2017

Custody of Minor Children

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  2/22/2017
Author: Ross (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Shares custody of minor children of divorced or separated parents.


MA H 2253
2017

Grandparents Visitation Rights

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  3/8/2017
Author: Cantwell (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to visitation rights of grandparents.


MA H 3045

2017

Probate and Family Court Decision Best Interest

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  3/20/2017
Author: Decker (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to determining the best interest of children in Probate and Family Court decisions.


MA H 3091
2017

Care and Custody of Minor Children Proceedings

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  3/20/2017
Author: Markey (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to care and custody of minor children modification proceedings.


MA H 3729
2017

Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement

Status: Pending – Joint Committee on The Judiciary
Date of Last Action:*  6/1/2017
Author: Cantwell (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to the child custody jurisdiction and enforcement.


Michigan

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MI H 4691
2017

Child Custody

Status: Pending – House Second Reading
Date of Last Action:*  5/31/2017
Author: Runestad (R) Additional Authors: Kelly (R);Cole (R);Lucido (R);Tedder (R);Hauck (R);VanSingel (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Mandates joint custody in every custody dispute between parents except in certain circumstances.


Minnesota

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MN S 1598
2017

Family Law

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Public Safety & Security Policy and Finance Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/1/2017
Author: Hall (R) Additional Authors: Newberger (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: MN H 1654 – Companion
Summary: Relates to family law, adds domestic assault by strangulation to list of crimes impacting custody, parenting plans, and parenting time.


MN H 1654
2017

Family Law

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Public Safety & Security Policy and Finance Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/23/2017
Author: O’Neill (R) Additional Authors: Hilstrom (DFL);Slocum (DFL);Johnson B (R);Newberger (R);O’Neill (R);Ward Joa (DFL);Becker-Finn (DFL)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: MN S 1598 – Companion
Summary: Relates to family law, adds domestic assault by strangulation to list of crimes impacting custody, parenting plans, and parenting time.


MN S 2141
2017

Family Law

Status: Pending – Carryover – Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/14/2017
Author: Housley (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: MN H 2413 – Companion
Summary: Relates to family law, modifies parenting presumptions.


MN S 2413
2017

Family Law

Status: Pending – Carryover – Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee
Date of Last Action:*  5/19/2017
Author: Housley (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: MN H 2699 – Companion
Summary: Relates to family law, changes certain custody and parenting time provisions.


MN H 2413
2017

Family Law

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/14/2017
Author: Lohmer (R) Additional Authors: Lohmer (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: MN S 2141 – Companion
Summary: Relates to family law, modifies parenting presumptions.


MN H 2603
2017

Family Law

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee
Date of Last Action:*  4/20/2017
Author: Mahoney (DFL) Additional Authors: Mahoney (DFL)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to family law, modifies application of best interest standards.


MN H 2699

2017

Family Law

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee
Date of Last Action:*  5/19/2017
Author: Drazkowski (R) Additional Authors: Drazkowski (R);Pugh (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: MN S 2413 – Companion
Summary: Relates to family law, changes certain custody and parenting time provisions.


Mississippi

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MS H 484
2017

Care and Custody of a Child Revise Delegation of Powers

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/13/2017
Author: Gipson (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Revises the delegation of powers regarding the care and custody of a child to an attorney-in-fact, defines certain terms in certain provisions regulation youth court.


MS S 2406
2017

Joint Legal and Physical Custody

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/18/2017
Author: DeBar (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Creates a rebuttable presumption that joint legal and physical custody in both parents is in the best interest of the minor children.


Missouri

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MO H 112
2017

Custody of In Vitro Human Embryos

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Rules – Legislative Oversight Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/4/2017
Author: McCaherty (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Parentage
Summary: Modifies provisions of law relating to custody of in vitro human embryos.


MO S 377
2017

Equal Parenting Time

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/31/2017
Author: Wallingford (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Adds a rebuttable presumption that equal or approximately equal parenting time with each parent is in the best interests of the child.


MO H 447
2017

Judgment or Order Regarding Child Custody

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/5/2017
Author: Crawford (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Modifies when a court shall include a written finding in the judgment or order regarding child custody.


MO H 724
2017

Child Custody Arrangements

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Rules – Legislative Oversight Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/24/2017
Author: Swan (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Establishes a rebuttable presumption that child custody arrangements that award equal parenting time are in the best interest of the child.


MO H 852
2017

Family Access Motion Fees

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/7/2017
Author: Neely (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Provides family access motion fees shall be waived by the court unless the court finds there has been compliance with the order of custody, visitation, or third-party custody.


Nebraska

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NE L 60
2017

Limitation or Denial of Child Custody

Status: Pending – Carryover – Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/5/2017
Author: Lindstrom (NP)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Changes Parenting Act provisions relating to limitation or denial of custody or access to a child.


Nevada

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NV S 40
2017

Registration of Child Custody Determinations

Status: Enacted – Act No. 51
Date of Last Action:*  05/19/2017 – Enacted
Author: Judiciary Cmt
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to domestic relations, revises the provisions of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act that set forth the procedures for serving notice of the registration of a child custody determination issued by a court in another state.


NV A 167

2017

Provisions Relating To Domestic Relations

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/13/2017
Author: Pickard (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Addresses custody and visitation in dissolution of marriage cases. Adds whether a parent is seeking joint custody in order to avoid paying child support to the list of factors considered when determining custody and visitation.


New Hampshire

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NH H 236
2017

Determination of Parental Rights and Responsibilities

Status: Pending – Retained in Committee for Second Year Action
Date of Last Action:*  1/4/2017
Author: Pearson M (R) Additional Authors: Rouillard (R);Le (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: This bill: I. Provides a list of factors the court may consider in determining parental rights and responsibilities, iI, establishes a presumption in favor of shared parental rights, including residential responsibility, iII, permits the court to modify parental rights and responsibilities based on the best interest of the child, 17-0407 05/09.


New Jersey

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NJ SR 57
2017

Rules to Expedite Child Custody Proceedings

Status: Pending – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  6/6/2016
Author: Scutari (D) Additional Authors: Smith B (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: NJ AR 17 – Identical
Summary: Urges New Jersey Supreme Court to adopt rules to expedite child custody proceedings.


NJ SCR 102
2017

Child Custody Disputes

Status: Pending – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  5/2/2016
Author: Van Drew (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Urges Congress to pass legislation that would protect children and their interests in child custody disputes.


NJ A 157
2017

Enforcement of Visitation and Parenting Time

Status: Pending – Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/27/2016
Author: Tucker (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: NJ S 1125 – Identical
Summary: Enhances procedures for enforcement of visitation and parenting time when parents’ access to child has been denied.


NJ ACR 184
2017

Child Custody Dispute Protection and Interests

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  5/23/2016
Author: Andrzejczak (D) Additional Authors: Land (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Urges Congress to pass legislation that would protect children and their interests in child custody disputes.


NJ A 339
2017

Removal of Child of Divorced Persons from Jurisdiction

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/27/2016
Author: Singleton (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Codifies standards for court to consider in determining application for removal of child of divorced or separated persons from jurisdiction.


NJ S 1039
2017

Child Custody Arrangements

Status: Pending – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/8/2016
Author: Weinberg (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Provides for child custody arrangements with parenting time to include provisions for electronic communications between parent and child.


NJ S 1125
2017

Visitation and Parenting Procedures

Status: Pending – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/8/2016
Author: Rice (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: NJ A 157 – Identical
Summary: Enhances procedures for enforcement of visitation and parenting time when parents’ access to child has been denied.


NJ S 1137
2017

Child Removal Standards

Status: Pending – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/8/2016
Author: Bateman (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Summary: Codifies standards for court to consider in determining application for removal of child of divorced or separated persons from jurisdiction.


NJ A 1489
2017

Good Faith Allegations of Child Abuse

Status: Pending – Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/27/2016
Author: McKeon (D) Additional Authors: Munoz N (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Prohibits good faith allegations of child abuse from being used against the accuser in a child custody proceeding, makes it a disorderly persons offense to file a false allegation of child abuse.


NJ S 1493

2017

Joint Physical Custody Presumption

Status: Pending – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/16/2016
Author: Bucco AR (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Provides for a presumption of joint physical custody in a child custody determination, addresses relocation.


NJ A 1993
2017

Child Abduction

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/27/2016
Author: Prieto (D) Additional Authors: Quijano (D);Danielsen (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to “”Jade and Michael’s Law””, establishes additional protections and enforcement related to child abduction by a parent.


NJ A 4034
2017

Domestic Violence Risk Assessment Pilot Program

Status: Pending – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/20/2017
Author: Singleton (D) Additional Authors: Dancer (R);Lampitt (D);Vainieri Huttle (D);Munoz N (R);Mosquera (D);Rodriguez-Gregg (R);Downey (D);Houghtaling (D);Rooney (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Violence Collaboration
Associated Bills: NJ S 2548 – Identical
Summary: Establishes Monica’s Law requiring evidence-based risk assessments in certain domestic violence cases, relates to a parenting time questionnaire in connection with custody or parenting time, provides that the court may order batterers intervention counseling for the parent subject to the restrictions as a condition to the parenting time, relates to victim’s rights and criminal history and mental illness records.


New Mexico

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NM S 322
2017

Additional Child Custody Proceeding Security

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/3/2017
Author: Munoz (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Violence Collaboration
Summary: Relates to domestic affairs, provides additional security measures for child custody proceedings.


NM H 479
2017

Emergency Child Custody Orders

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/16/2017
Author: Maestas Barnes (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Parentage, Family Law
Summary: Relates to child custody, provides for emergency orders of temporary custody pending filing of a petition to establish parentage or for dissolution of marriage.


New York

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NY S 96
2017

Consideration of Certain Evidence

Status: Pending – Senate Children and Families Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/4/2017
Author: Hoylman (D) Additional Authors: Hoylman (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Summary: Prohibits the consideration of evidence that either parent has ever obtained or attempted to obtain reproductive health services relating to the termination of a pregnancy in certain legal proceedings.


NY S 97
2017

Determination in Child Custody Case

Status: Pending – Senate Children and Families Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/4/2017
Author: Hoylman (D) Additional Authors: Hoylman (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Prevents a judge from prohibiting a parent from undergoing a gender reassignment when making a determination in a child custody case.


NY S 741

2017

Custodial Interference

Status: Pending – Senate Codes Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/4/2017
Author: Ritchie (R) Additional Authors: Young (R);O’Mara (R);Amedore (R);Ritchie (R);Serino (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: NY A 2105 – Same as
Summary: Amends the Penal Law, relates to custodial interference.


NY A 1533

2017

Court Ordered Forensic Evaluations

Status: Pending – Senate Codes Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/12/2017
Author: Weinstein (D) Additional Authors: Cook (D);Glick (D);Weinstein (D);Jaffee (D);Braunstein (D);Sepulveda (D);Seawright (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Associated Bills: NY S 6300 – Same as
Summary: Relates to court ordered forensic evaluations and reports in child custody and visitation proceedings.


NY A 2105

2017

Custodial Interference

Status: Pending – Assembly Codes Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/17/2017
Author: Mayer (D) Additional Authors: Abbate (D);Cook (D);Hikind (D);Arroyo (D);Paulin (D);Mayer (D);Barrett (D);Mosley (D);Otis (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: NY S 741 – Same as
Summary: Amends the Penal Law, relates to custodial interference.


NY A 2231

2017

Granting of Custody of a Minor

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/17/2017
Author: Crouch (R) Additional Authors: Finch (R);Oaks (R);Crouch (R);Raia (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Prohibits a court from granting custody of a minor to anyone who has been convicted of any of the enumerated sex crimes except where court finds there is no significant risk to the child.


NY S 2267

2017

Awarding Shared Parenting of Minor Children

Status: Pending – Senate Children and Families Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/12/2017
Author: Parker (D) Additional Authors: Parker (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Establishes the presumption in matrimonial proceedings for awarding shared parenting of minor children in the absence of an allegation that shared parenting would be detrimental to the best interests of the child, establishes an order of preference in awarding custody, defines shared parenting and parenting plan.


NY S 2577

2017

Presumption of Shared Parenting of Minor Children

Status: Pending – Senate Children and Families Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/13/2017
Author: Helming (R) Additional Authors: Boyle (R);Marchione (R);Ortt (R);Helming (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Establishes a presumption of shared parenting of minor children in matrimonial and family court proceedings.


NY S 3594

2017

Change of Terms Regarding Custody Orders

Status: Pending – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/25/2017
Author: Parker (D) Additional Authors: Parker (D);Latimer (D);Boyle (R);Rivera G (D);Marchione (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Amends provisions of various sections of law to change term “”visitation”” to “”parenting time”” regarding custody orders.


NY A 4354

2017

Time Limitations for Proceedings Involving Custody

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/2/2017
Author: Quart (D) Additional Authors: Peoples-Stokes (D);Quart (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Establishes time limitations for proceedings involving custody or visitation.


NY A 4608

2017

Rebuttable Presumption To Custodial Interference

Status: Pending – Assembly Codes Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/3/2017
Author: Lentol (D) Additional Authors: Lentol (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Amends the Penal Law, creates a rebuttable presumption to custodial interference in the first degree.


NY A 5345

2017

Child Custody Reform Act

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/8/2017
Author: Weprin D (D) Additional Authors: Kolb (R);Miller M (D);Montesano (R);Weprin D (D);Curran (R);Quart (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Enforcement
Summary: Enacts the child custody reform act to provide uniform statewide standards for the litigation and mediation of child custody disputes, provides for an initial planning conference between the judge and all parties to attempt a settlement, provides for mediation unless the court finds mediation is inappropriate, requires the chief administrator of the courts to establish plans for the conduct of administration of the mediation and preparation of evaluation reports.


NY A 6054

2017

Child Custody Matters

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/23/2017
Author: Kolb (R) Additional Authors: Finch (R);Crouch (R);Kolb (R);Giglio (R);Hawley (R);Montesano (R);Lalor (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Guidelines, Guidelines – Termination of Support, Family Law
Summary: Makes numerous modifications to provisions of various Laws relating to child custody matters, provides for shared parenting custody, provides for parenting time rather than visitation, provides for mediation and counseling in matrimonial actions involving children, establishes sanctions for interference with parenting time, provides for equality in the burden of child support between parents, bases child support on net income exclusive of income and FICA taxes, provides that child support ceases at age 18.


NY A 6151

2017

Great Grandparent Application for Visitation Rights

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/27/2017
Author: Cook (D) Additional Authors: Aubry (D);Cook (D);Galef (D);Jaffee (D);Titone (D);Miller M (D);Weprin D (D);Ra (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Provides that a great-grandparent may apply to the supreme court for visitation rights with respect to certain minor great-grandchildren where either or both of the parents of such child is or are deceased.


NY S 6208

2017

Visitation or Custody of a Minor

Status: Pending – Senate Children and Families Committee
Date of Last Action:*  5/11/2017
Author: Lanza (R) Additional Authors: Lanza (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Prohibits a court from providing for visitation or custody of a minor who is a U.S. citizen to a person who resides outside the U.S. when the other party to such action is a U.S. citizen and objects to such an order.


NY S 6300

2017

Court Ordered Forensic Evaluations and Reports

Status: Pending – Senate Rules Committee
Date of Last Action:*  5/11/2017
Author: Avella (D) Additional Authors: Avella (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Associated Bills: NY A 1533 – Same as
Summary: Relates to court ordered forensic evaluations and reports in child custody and visitation proceedings.


NY A 6331

2017

Custodial Parent Who Lives With a Sex Offender

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/2/2017
Author: Finch (R) Additional Authors: Finch (R);McDonough (R);Barclay (R);Giglio (R);Blankenbush (R);Williams (D);Miller (R);Morinello (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Requires a custodial parent who lives with a sex offender to provide that information to a non-custodial parent.


NY S 6579

2017

Court Ordered Forensic Evaluations

Status: Pending – Senate Rules Committee
Date of Last Action:*  6/5/2017
Author: Avella (D) Additional Authors: Avella (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Summary: Provides for court ordered forensic evaluations in child custody and visitation cases.


NY A 8094

2017

Definition of Person in Parental Relationship To Child

Status: Pending – Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  5/26/2017
Author: Jaffee (D) Additional Authors: Jaffee (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to the definition of person in parental relationship to a child, includes a person possessing a lawful order of custody of a child.


North Carolina

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NC H 424
2017

Domestic Orders

Status: Pending – Senate Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee
Date of Last Action:*  4/24/2017
Author: Richardson W (D) Additional Authors: Harrison (D);Richardson (D);Reives (D);Belk (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Guidelines
Summary: Provides that subsequent orders related to custody, child and spousal support, and possession of property supersede like provisions in temporary custody order.


NC S 645

2017

Parental Custody

Status: Pending – Senate Rules and Operations of the Senate Committee
Date of Last Action:*  4/5/2017
Author: Bryant (D) Additional Authors: Foushee (D);Ford J (D);Woodard (D);Van Duyn (D);Smith-Ingram (D);Waddell (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Provides for consideration of a minimum amount of time with each parent when determining the terms of custody.


North Dakota

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ND H 1392
2017

Parenting Rights and Responsibility

Status: Failed – SENATE
Date of Last Action:*  4/19/2017
Author: Kading (R) Additional Authors: Vigesaa (R);Kiefert (R);McWilliams (R);Pyle (R);Roers Jones (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to a presumption of equal parenting time and responsibility, provides for a legislative management study.


Ohio

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OH H 309
2017

Blindness and Minor Custody

Status: Pending – House Rules and Reference Committee
Date of Last Action:*  7/18/2017
Author: Gonzales (R) Additional Authors: Thompson (R);Retherford (R);Hambley (R);Rezabek (R);Boggs (D);Dean (R);Goodman (R);Kent (D);Miller A (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Prohibits a person’s blindness from being used to deny or limit custody, parenting time, visitation, adoption, or service as a guardian or foster caregiver, regarding a minor.


Oregon

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OR S 550
2017

Equal Parenting Time Rebuttal

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/1/2017
Author: Thatcher (R) Additional Authors: Hass M (D);Manning (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Creates rebuttable presumption that equal parenting time is in best interests of child, requires rebuttal of presumption by clear and convincing evidence.


OR S 898

2017

Custody and Parenting Time Task Force

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/28/2017
Author: Judiciary Cmt
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Establishes Task Force on Custody and Parenting Time, directs task force to study effect of changing statutory terms in domestic relations law, directs task force to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly relating to domestic relations on or before August 15, 2018, sunsets task force on December 31, 2018, takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.


OR H 2811
2017

Child Custody Court Orders Study

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/6/2017
Author: Judiciary Cmt
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Directs Judicial Department and State Court Administrator to conduct statewide study regarding court orders for child custody no later than a certain date, requires department to submit report regarding study to interim legislative committees no later than a certain date.


Pennsylvania

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PA H 443
2017

Award of Child Custody

Status: Pending – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/10/2017
Author: Nesbit (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to domestic relations and child custody, provides for award of custody.


PA H 956

2017

Child Custody

Status: Pending – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/27/2017
Author: Davis (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Amends Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in child custody, adding provisions relating to domestic violence cases, makes an editorial change.


Puerto Rico

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PR H 228
2017

Uniform Relocation of the Custodial Parent

Status: Pending – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/9/2017
Author: Varela Fernande (PPD)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Establishes the Uniform Relocation of the Custodial Parent Law for the purpose of establishing the requirements that weighted judges, especial in cases when they have considered a matter of relocation of the custodial parent.


South Carolina

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SC H 3126
2017

Child Custody Orders

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/10/2017
Author: McKnight (D) Additional Authors: Pitts M (R);Bedingfield (R);Putnam (R);Hill (R);Elliott (R);Magnuson (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to parenting plans, creates a presumption that it is in the best interest of the child to spend approximately an equal amount of time with each parent, with exceptions, relates to child custody orders, requires the court to take into consideration certain factors when determining what is in the best interest of a child, requires that a child custody order include findings of fact if the time-sharing schedule does not allocate approximately equal parenting time to each parent.


SC H 3538

2017

Persons With Disabilities Right to Parent Act

Status: Enacted – Act No. 36
Date of Last Action:*  05/11/2017 – Enacted
Author: Smith Ja (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: SC S 291 – Similar
Summary: Enacts the Persons With Disabilities Right to Parent Act, requires the Department of Social Services, law enforcement, and the family and probate courts, among others, protects the parenting rights of persons with a disability by establishing certain requirements and safeguards applicable in child custody, child protection, and probate guardianship proceedings to ensure that persons with disabilities are not denied the right to parent or to have custody of or visitation with a child due to the disability.


South Dakota

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SD S 72
2017

Joint Physical Custody of a Minor

Status: Failed – SENATE
Date of Last Action:*  1/31/2017
Author: Jensen (R) Additional Authors: Russell (R);Pischke (R);Howard (R);Gosch S (R);Frye-Mueller (R);Dennert (R);Clark (R);Zikmund (R);Marty (R);Haugaard (R);Greenfield (R);Rasmussen (R);May (R);Latterell (R);Kaiser (R);Heinert (D);Nelson (R);Netherton (R);Smith (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Revises certain provisions regarding the consideration of joint physical custody of a minor.


SD H 1103

2017

Paternity and Child Custody Actions

Status: Enacted – Act No. 90
Date of Last Action:*  03/10/2017 – Enacted
Author: Haugaard (R) Additional Authors: Bolin (R);Netherton (R);Heinemann (R);Latterell (R);Stalzer (R);Rusch (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Parentage
Summary: HB 1103 allows for service by publication for divorce, annulment, child custody and paternity establishment proceedings.


SD H 1203

2017

Joint Physical Custody of a Minor

Status: Failed – Adjourned – HOUSE
Date of Last Action:*  2/2/2017
Author: Pischke (R) Additional Authors: Jensen (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Revises certain provisions regarding the consideration of joint physical custody of a minor.


Tennessee

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TN S 233
2017

Child Custody and Support

Status: Pending – Carryover – Senate Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/31/2017
Author: Harris (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Associated Bills: TN H 1236 – Same as
Summary: Relates to Child Custody and Support, adds to and revises certain provisions related to the production, review, use, and disposition of a parent’s mental health records pursuant to a mental health examination ordered by a court during a child custody determination, adds a parent’s ability to instruct, inspire, and encourage the child to develop skills necessary to become a successful adult to the list of factors a court must consider when making a child custody determination.


TN H 1236

2017

Child Custody and Support

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Civil Justice Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/9/2017
Author: Akbari (D) Additional Authors: Farmer (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Associated Bills: TN S 233 – Same as
Summary: Relates to Child Custody and Support, adds to and revises certain provisions related to the production, review, use, and disposition of a parent’s mental health records pursuant to a mental health examination ordered by a court during a child custody determination, adds a parent’s ability to instruct, inspire, and encourage the child to develop skills necessary to become a successful adult to the list of factors a court must consider when making a child custody determination.


Texas

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TX H 453
2017

Equal Parenting Orders

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/10/2017
Author: White (R) Additional Authors: Flynn (R);Stickland (R);Keough (R);Metcalf (R);Cain (R);Gervin-Hawkins (D);Wilson (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to equal parenting orders in suits affecting the parent-child relationship.


TX H 687

2017

Motion for a New Trial Following a Final Order

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/10/2017
Author: Wu (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Summary: Relates to a motion for a new trial following a final order in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship and filing an appeal after those motions.


TX H 688

2017

Filing of a Court Reporters Record in an Appeal

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/10/2017
Author: Wu (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to the filing of a court reporter’s record in an appeal of a final order in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.


TX H 691

2017

Temporary Jurisdiction Over Parent Child Relationship

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/10/2017
Author: Wu (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to a court’s temporary extended jurisdiction over certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.


TX H 708

2017

Evidence Provision in a Suit Affecting Relationship

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Human Services Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/10/2017
Author: Wu (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to the provision of certain evidence on request to certain parties in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship filed by the Department of Family and Protective Services.


TX S 874

2017

Mandatory Dismissal of Certain Suits

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate Health and Human Services Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/14/2017
Author: Hughes (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to the mandatory dismissal of certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship involving the Department of Family and Protective Services.


TX S 1019

2017

Dismissal of Suits Affecting Child Relationship

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate State Affairs Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/22/2017
Author: Creighton (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: TX H 1361 – Identical
Summary: Relates to the dismissal of certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship in which the court has rendered a temporary order.


TX S 1234

2017

Possession of a Child

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate State Affairs Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/2/2017
Author: Rodriguez Jo (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: TX H 1491 – Identical
Summary: Relates to the possession of a child on the child’s birthday under a standard possession order in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.


TX S 1236

2017

Child Custody Evaluations

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate State Affairs Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/2/2017
Author: Rodriguez Jo (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Associated Bills: TX H 1501 – Identical
Summary: Relates to child custody evaluations, creates an offense.


TX H 1491

2017

Possession of a Child on the Child’s Birthday

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/2/2017
Author: Thompson S (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: TX S 1234 – Identical
Summary: Relates to the possession of a child on the child’s birthday under a standard possession order in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.


TX H 1617

2017

Procedures in a Suit for Dissolution of a Marriage

Status: Failed – Adjourned – HOUSE
Date of Last Action:*  4/27/2017
Author: Lucio E (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Associated Bills: TX S 1237 – Identical
Summary: Relates to procedures in a suit for dissolution of a marriage or a suit affecting the parent-child relationship.


TX H 1899

2017

Rendition by a Court in a Suit

Status: Failed – Adjourned – HOUSE
Date of Last Action:*  5/3/2017
Author: Sanford (R) Additional Authors: Stickland (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Law
Associated Bills: TX S 816 – Identical
Summary: Relates to the rendition by a court in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship of an order that is contrary to the expressed wishes of the child’s parent.


TX H 2048

2017

Cases and Orders Relating to Title IV-D agency

Status: Enacted – Act No. 699
Date of Last Action:*  06/12/2017 – Enacted
Author: Dutton (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Associated Bills: TX S 1966 – Similar
Summary: Relates to certain procedures for cases and orders relating to the Title IV-D agency, allows an associate judge to hear and render an order on any matter necessary to be decided in connection with Title IV-D.


TX H 3052

2017

Authorization Agreement Between a Parent and Relative

Status: Enacted – Act No. 885
Date of Last Action:*  06/15/2017 – Enacted
Author: Herrero (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Parentage
Summary: Relates to certain protective orders and agreements involving families, relates to an authorization agreement between a parent and a nonparent relative of the child.


Utah

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UT H 150
2017

Child Custody in Divorce

Status: Enacted – Act No. 67
Date of Last Action:*  03/17/2017 – Enacted
Author: Arent (D) Additional Authors: Weiler (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: HB 150 prohibits the court from considering the disability of a parent as a factor in awarding custody or modifying an award of custody, unless the court makes specified findings.


UT H 173

2017

Parental Kidnapping Amendments

Status: Failed – Enacting Clause Struck
Date of Last Action:*  2/16/2017
Author: Potter (R) Additional Authors: Hillyard (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Creates the new offense of parental kidnapping, defines the new criminal offense of parental kidnapping as one parent withholding a child from the other parent or guardian in such a way that the parent or guardian cannot exercise certain civil remedies, relates to misdemeanor offenses, increases the designation to a third degree felony if the child is removed from the state.


UT S 202

2017

Parent-Time Amendments

Status: Enacted – Act No. 120
Date of Last Action:*  03/17/2017 – Enacted
Author: Adams (R) Additional Authors: Snow (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: SB 202 defines Christmas school vacation to account for children with differing school schedules, for purposes of parenting time. Requires parenting time during a Christmas school vacation to be divided equally. Creates a presumption that children with differing school schedules will remain together during parenting time for the holiday period.


UT H 321

2017

Parenting Plan Amendments

Status: Failed – Enacting Clause Struck
Date of Last Action:*  2/21/2017
Author: Snow (R) Additional Authors: Ipson (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Modifies provisions related to parenting plans, lists decisions related to an education plan, addresses who can make the education plan.


Vermont

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VT H 166
2017

Shared Parental Rights and Responsibilities

Status: Pending – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/31/2017
Author: Masland (D) Additional Authors: Yantachka (D);Briglin (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to shared parental rights and responsibilities and equal parent child contact.


Virginia

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VA H 271
2017

Parenting Time

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Courts of Justice Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/13/2016
Author: Albo (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to parenting time, replaces visitation with parenting time in statutory language relating to the custody and visitation of minor children, has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2017.


VA S 1190

2017

Judicial Training

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/10/2017
Author: Sturtevant (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to judicial training, relates to law related to rights of persons of legitimate interest in custody and visitation proceedings, directs the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia to require that all juvenile and domestic relations district court judges receive training, at least once during each six-year judicial term, on the rights of persons of legitimate interest in child custody and visitation proceedings.


VA S 1199

2017

Blind Parents

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Died
Date of Last Action:*  2/6/2017
Author: Favola (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to rights of blind parents, provides that a blind parent’s blindness, as defined in the bill, shall not be the sole basis of the denial or restriction of such parent’s custody or visitation rights, requires a party who alleges that a parent’s blindness should be a factor to be considered to not be in the best interests of the child, or should otherwise be a reason to deny or restrict such a parent’s custody or visitation rights.


VA H 1241

2017

Guardians Ad Litem Appointed in Custody Cases

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Courts of Justice Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/19/2016
Author: Ingram (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to standards for guardians ad litem appointed in custody and visitation cases, relates to certification form, relates to substitute judges in custody and visitation proceedings, requires a guardian ad litem appointed in a custody or visitation case to submit to the court a form certifying that he has complied with all applicable standards.


VA S 1344

2017

Camera Interviews of Child

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Died
Date of Last Action:*  2/6/2017
Author: Surovell (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to in camera interviews of child, relates to court’s discretion to conduct recording or transcript, provides that the court has the discretion to conduct an in camera interview of a child whose custody or visitation is at issue, requires that any recording or transcript of such interview be prepared and made available to the parties, provides that current law requires that, when such an interview is conducted, a record shall be prepared.


VA H 1456

2017

Custody and Visitation Orders

Status: Enacted – Act No. 46
Date of Last Action:*  02/17/2017 – Enacted
Author: Albo (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: HB 1456 allows a court, in a case involving the custody or visitation of a child, to use the phrase “”parenting time”” to be synonymous with the term “”visitation.””


VA H 1586

2017

Court Ordered Custody and Visitation Arrangements

Status: Enacted – Act No. 509
Date of Last Action:*  03/16/2017 – Enacted
Author: Campbell (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: HB 1586 details the procedure for notifying a child’s school if a custody or visitation order has been made prohibiting a parent from picking the child up from school.


VA H 1957

2017

Guardians Ad Litem

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/11/2017
Author: Ingram (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to standards for guardians ad litem appointed in custody and visitation cases, relates to certification form, requires a guardian ad litem appointed in a custody or visitation proceeding to submit to the court a form certifying that he has complied with all applicable standards for attorneys appointed as guardians ad litem, directs the Judicial Council of Virginia, in conjunction with the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association, to promulgate such a form.


VA H 2128

2017

Custody and Visitation Agreements

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/11/2017
Author: Levine (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to custody and visitation agreements, relates to best interests of the child, requires the court to consider any history of abuse of persons other than family members when determining the best interests of the child for the purposes of custody and visitation arrangements.


VA H 2273

2017

Rights of Blind Parents

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/11/2017
Author: LaRock (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to rights of blind parents, provides that a blind parent’s blindness, as defined in the bill, shall not be the sole basis of the denial or restriction of such parent’s custody or visitation rights, requires a party who alleges that a parent’s blindness should be a factor to be considered to not be in the best interests of the child, or should otherwise be a reason to deny or restrict such a parent’s custody or visitation rights, to prove by clear.


VA H 2292

2017

Judicial Training

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/11/2017
Author: McQuinn (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to judicial training, relates to law related to rights of persons of legitimate interest in custody and visitation proceedings, directs the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia to require that all juvenile and domestic relations district court judges receive training, at least once during each six-year judicial term, on the rights of persons of legitimate interest in child custody and visitation proceedings.


VA H 2293

2017

Person With a Legitimate Interest

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/11/2017
Author: McQuinn (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to person with a legitimate interest, relates to visitation, clarifies that a person with a legitimate interest may be awarded visitation if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the award of such visitation would be in the child’s best interests.


Washington

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WA H 1554
2017

Parenting Plans

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  1/23/2017
Author: Haler (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Concerns parenting plans.


WA H 1930

2017

Child Custody

Status: Pending – Carryover – HOUSE
Date of Last Action:*  3/7/2017
Author: Frame (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Concerns child custody.


WA H 2246

2017

Parenting Plans

Status: Pending – Carryover – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  7/3/2017
Author: Shea (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Concerns parenting plans.


West Virginia

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WV HCR 102
2017

Child Custody Cases

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/24/2017
Author: Foster (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Study of imposing a presumption in West Virginia Family Courts that 50/50 shared parenting be awarded in child custody cases.


WV S 189

2017

Shared Legal and Physical Custody of Child

Status: Failed – Adjourned – Senate Health and Human Resources Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/8/2017
Author: Blair (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Establishes that shared legal and physical custody of child in divorce cases is in best interest of child.


WV S 225

2017

Temporary Custody by Family Court

Status: Enacted – Act No. 65
Date of Last Action:*  04/11/2017 – Enacted
Author: Trump (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation, Family Violence Collaboration
Summary: SB 225 permits the modification, through a domestic violence protective order, of a temporary custody order of the family court, in circumstances where violence against a minor child or children is alleged.


WV H 2658

2017

Shared Legal and Physical Custody of a Child

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/22/2017
Author: Marcum (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Establishes that shared legal and physical custody of a child in cases of divorce is presumed to be in the best interests of the child.


WV H 2703

2017

Allocation of Time Between Parents

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  2/24/2017
Author: Upson (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Provides that the court allocate time equally between parents.


WV H 2925

2017

Petition for Change of Parental Custody

Status: Failed – Adjourned – House Judiciary Committee
Date of Last Action:*  3/10/2017
Author: Phillips R (D)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Permits a child sixteen years of age or older to petition for a change of parental custody.


Wyoming

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WY H 260
2017

Child Custody and Visitation

Status: Failed – Died
Date of Last Action:*  1/27/2017
Author: Olsen (R) Additional Authors: Coe (R);Salazar (D);Flitner (R);Brown L (R);Biteman (R);Boner (R);Pownall (R);Winters (R);Northrup (R);Agar (R)
Topics: Custody and Visitation
Summary: Relates to child custody and visitation, provides a presumption for issuance of an order of shared custody as specified, includes tax refunds in the definition of income for determination of child support, amends the calculation for presumptive child support as specified, amends imputed income of a voluntary unemployed or underemployed parent as specified, provides definitions, provides for an effective date.