The Assembly today approved a nine-bill package designed to update placement and support obligations for children whose parents are divorced or separated.

The package, which passed via voice vote, includes proposals that would:

*create a process for temporary delegating custodial duties during a parent’s military service.

*allow a court to approve a contingency plan that modifies a custody agreement based on future events such as a child’s school or extracurricular activities. 

*update the Department of Children and Families’ administrative rules to reflect that shared physical placement arrangements of a child are now commonplace and should not be considered “special circumstances.”

*add a statement to the general provisions for custody and placement emphasizing parental involvement by both parties is generally in the best interest of the child.

*require a court to explain its reasoning if it grants less than 25 percent physical placement with a parent.  

*require parents who are divorcing to file a parenting plan ahead of mediation.

*allow courts involved in family law action to take note of previous domestic abuse charges or restraining orders filed against the other parent.

*eliminate family support orders.

*and bar DCF from factoring variable housing costs into gross income for child support. 

Read the bills:

*AB 93, 

*AB 95, 

*AB 96, 

*AB 97, 

*AB 98, 

*AB 99, 

*AB 100, 

*AB 101, 

*AB 102,

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