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Senate Bill 0484


Senate Bill 0484

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL


Protective parent reform act. Provides that: (1) a court may not restrict a parent's custody or parenting time with a child based solely on the parent's actions concerning the parent's reasonable belief that the parent's child is the victim of child abuse or neglect or domestic or family violence; (2) a parent may not be deprived of custody based on a mental health professional's opinion that the parent may flee with the child; and (3) a guardian ad litem, court appointed special advocate, or counsel for a child may advocate only for the wishes of the child. Prohibits: (1) a guardian ad litem, court appointed special advocate, or counsel for a child from being considered a quasi-judicial officer or granted a fact finding role; (2) a court from allowing certain expert evidence; (3) certain reports and recommendations to be filed with the court; (4) a court from appointing certain mental health professionals; and (5) a court from engaging in ex parte communications with certain individuals. Requires a court to consider evidence of child abuse or neglect or domestic or family violence in determining custody or parenting time. Requires a court to: (1) provide evaluations and reports to a parent; and (2) allow a parent the opportunity to depose and cross-examine a mental health profession or custody evaluator.
    Current Status:
     In Committee - first House
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