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: