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House Bill 1447


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House Bill 1447

ARCHIVE (2003)

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Various family law issues. Establishes a rebuttable presumption that joint legal custody and joint physical custody are in the best interests of a child in dissolution of marriage and paternity cases. Changes the factors that the court uses in determining whether to order joint physical and joint legal custody. Entitles a noncustodial parent to certain minimum visitation. Establishes judicial guidelines for ordering visitation. Mandates a seven day jail sentence for each intentional violation of a visitation order. Requires a court to refer a dissolution of marriage proceeding to mediation or counseling if there are contested issues. Permits a court to escrow child support funds while a person is not in compliance with a visitation order. Requires 40 hours of counseling before a court may grant a legal separation or dissolution of marriage. Provides grounds for a custody modification if a person who has been awarded joint physical or joint legal custody moves outside the state or at least 100 miles. Requires a court to order a person to pay delinquent support at regular intervals if the other parent is in compliance with court orders. Provides that a judge who fails to comply with certain statutory provisions relating to dissolution of marriage, paternity, custody, or visitation commits official misconduct and: (1) is not entitled to judicial immunity; and (2) may not be represented at the state's expense in an action against the judge for official misconduct. Mandates judges who preside over dissolution and paternity cases to receive 40 hours of training in shared parenting every two years. Repeals certain provisions concerning joint legal custody.
Current Status:
 In Committee - first House
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