Bills currently under consideration: 2017-2018
|Alabama||SB211||10 Co-sponsors||Child custody, parenting plan required in all cases,
court established plan in certain cases, remedies for violations of plan
|Alaska||HB368||Rep. LeDoux||An Act relating to child custody|
|Arizona||SB1395||Sen. Barto||Temporary orders without court order|
|Connecticut||HB6638||New statutory requirements and Superior Court procedures in
legal disputes involving the care and custody of minor children.
|HB6645||To establish parental access equality in cases involving the
custody of a minor child.
|Georgia||SR504||Sen. Williams||Study on misuse of judicial system in custody proceedings|
|Illinois||HB4113||Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
(To the list of purposes of the Act, adds recognizing that the involvement of each parent for equal time is presumptively in the children’s best interests. Deletes language providing that nothing in the Act requires that each parent be allocated decision-making responsibilities. Provides that it is presumed that it is in the child’s best interests to award equal time to each parent. Provides that it is presumed that both parents are fit and the court shall not place any restrictions on parenting time unless it finds by clear and convincing evidence (instead of a preponderance of the evidence) that a parent’s exercise of parenting time would seriously endanger the child’s physical, mental, moral, or emotional health. In specified situations, requires the court to issue a written decision stating its specific findings of fact and conclusions of law in support of its ruling. Provides that the court may restrict or modify parental responsibilities after a showing of clear and convincing evidence (instead of a preponderance of the evidence) that the restriction or modification is warranted.
|Iowa||SSB3154||Act relating to the awarding of joint custody and joint physical care.|
|Kansas||SB257||Sen. Fitzgerald||Creating a presumption of child’s equal time with parents during court
determinations of legal custody, residency or parenting time.
|HB2529||Sen. Pittman||Creating a presumption of child’s equal time with parents during court
determinations of legal custody, residency or parenting time.
|Kentucky||HB528||Amend KRS 403.270 to create a presumption that joint custody and equally shared parenting time is in the best interrest of the child, and to require the court to consider the motiviation of the aduts involved when determining the best interest of the child for custody orders;
Amend KRS 403.280 to specify that the presumption of joint custody and equal parenting time is in the best interest of the child;
Amend KRS 403.320 to allow a parent not granted custody or shared parenting time to petition for reasonable visitation rights;
Amend KRS 403.340 to specify that if a court modifies a custody decree there is a rebuttable presumption that it is in the best interest of the child for the parents to have joint custody and equally shared parenting time.
(Repealing references to the terms “child custody” and “visitation” and substituting the terms “legal decision making” and “parenting time” in certain instances…)
|Massachusetts||HB811||Relative to shared parenting in cases of divorce. The Judiciary.|
|Michigan||HB4691||Family law; child custody; joint custody in every custody dispute between parents; mandate except in certain circumstances.|
|Minnesota||HF2699||Parenting presumptions modified.|
|HF2545||Parenting presumptions modified.|
|HF2413||Parenting presumptions modified.|
|HF2603||Parenting presumptions modified.|
|Missouri||HB1667||Establishes a rebuttable presumption that child custody arrangements that award equal parenting time are in the best interest of the child|
|SB645||Modifies provisions of law relating to child custody arrangements|
|New Hampshire||HB236||Relative to determination of parental rights and responsibilities and establishing
a presumption in favor of shared residential responsibility.
|HB489||Establishes a committee to study parental alienation in New Hampshire.|
|New Jersey||SB273||Establishes presumption of joint legal and physical custody in child custody matters.|
|AB1091||Establishes presumption of joint legal and physical custody in child custody matters.|
|SB86||Provides for a presumption of joint physical custody in a child custody determination; addresses relocation.|
|New York||SB2267||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.|
|North Carolina||SB645||Keep Both Parents in Life of Child|
|North Dakota||SO2577||Child custody; requiring court to encourage certain parental behaviors in the best interest of the child. Effective date.|
|Oklahoma||SB1017||Child custody; requiring court to encourage certain parental behaviors in the best interest of the child. Effective date.|
|SB1298||Child custody; requiring certain written findings; clarifying right of appeal. Effective date.|
|Pennsylvania||HB1345||An Act amending Title 24 (Education) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in preliminary provisions, providing for student data privacy and protection; and imposing duties on the Department of Education.|
|South Carolina||H3126||Require The Court To Take Into Consideration Certain Factors When Determining What Is In The Best Interest Of A Child, To Require That A Child Custody Order Include Findings Of Fact If The Time-sharing Schedule Does Not Allocate Approximately Equal Parenting Time To Each Parent, And To Provide Requirements To Modify Child Custody Orders.|
|South Dakota||SB140||Revise provisions regarding an objection to a custody or visitation order.|
|SB165||Revise certain provisions regarding child custody and visitation and the enforcement of those provisions.|
|SB167||Revise certain provisions regarding the consideration of joint physical custody of a minor.|
|HB1212||Revise certain provisions regarding the custody of a minor child.|
|Tenneseee||SB1651||As introduced, specifies that if one parent desires to relocate with a child more than 50 miles and the other parent objects, the sole issue for the court to determine is if relocation is in the best interests of the child using the child custody factors and the relocating parent has the burden of showing it is in the best interest by clear and convincing evidence.|
|Utah||SB187||Parent Time Amendments|
|Vermont||HO634||An act relating to shared parental rights and responsibilities and equal parent-child contact|
|HO166||An act relating to shared parental rights and responsibilities and equal parent–child contact|
|Virginia||HB1351||Joint legal or physical child custody. Provides that the court shall consider and may award joint legal, joint physical, or sole custody of a child and there shall be no presumption in favor of any such form of custody.|
|SB64||Custody and visitation decisions; communication to parties required in writing. Requires judges to communicate the basis of a custody or visitation decision to the parties in writing. Current law allows such a decision to be communicated either orally or in writing.|
|Washington||SB5598||Granting relatives, including but not limited to grandparents, the right to seek visitation with a child through the courts.|
|SB2117||Granting relatives, including but not limited to grandparents, the right to seek visitation with a child through the courts.|
|HB1554||Concerning parenting plans.|
|HB2246||Concerning parenting plans|
|West Virginia||HB4155||To establish that shared legal and physical custody of a child in cases of divorce is presumed to be in the best interests of the child.|
|HB2703||To require the court to allocate time equally between parents, unless equal custody is not consistent with the best interest of the child.|
|Wisconsin||AB849||A presumption that equalizing physical placement to the highest degree is in the child’s best interest.|
|Wyoming||SF20||Child custody; providing that no form of custody may be favored or disfavored, including joint custody; specifying applicability; and providing for an effective date.|
|HB17||Child support; amending presumptive child support provisions; repealing provisions related to abatements; providing conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date.|