SB 1097 Parent Education; custody, visitation, and support cases.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Parent education; custody, visitation, and support cases. Eliminates the 2003 sunset and modifies the existing requirements that parents attend educational seminars addressing the effects of separation or divorce on children, parenting responsibilities, etc. Under the bill the parties to any petition for custody, visitation or support shall show proof that they have attended within 12 months before their first court appearance or shall attend within 45 days thereafter an educational seminar that is at least four hours in length. Once a party has completed one educational program, the required completion of additional programs is at the court's discretion. Such programs are to be completed, where possible, prior to participating in mediation or alternative dispute resolution, and the court may grant an exemption from attendance of such program for good cause shown or if there is no program reasonably available. Parties include natural or adoptive parents, or any person with a legitimate interest as defined in 20-124.1. The fee for such programs shall be based on ability to pay, but shall in no case exceed $50. This bill is identical to HB 2128.

Full text:
01/08/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 036553577  pdf
01/31/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 030666420-S1  pdf
02/26/03  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1097ER)  pdf
03/19/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0045)  pdf

Status:
01/08/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 036553577
01/08/03  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/03  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice w/sub (11-Y 1-N)
01/31/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 030666420-S1
02/03/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
02/03/03  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (37-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Read second time
02/04/03  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/04/03  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 030666420-S1
02/04/03  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute 030666420-S1
02/04/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Passed Senate (37-Y 3-N)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (37-Y 3-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Communicated to House
02/05/03  House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/03  House: Read first time
02/05/03  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/03  House: Reported from Courts of Justice (21-Y 0-N)
02/18/03  House: Read second time
02/19/03  House: Passed by for the day
02/20/03  House: Read third time
02/20/03  House: Passed by temporarily
02/20/03  House: Passed House (97-Y 0-N)
02/20/03  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/26/03  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1097ER)
03/05/03  Senate: Enrolled
03/05/03  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/03  Senate: Signed by President
03/16/03  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 45 (effective 7/1/03)
03/19/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0045)