By Dana Greco, LCSW and Don Desroches
S04382 – The bill has been approved in the “Childrens and Families” committee and is now in the “Finance” committee. Click for Details
This bill enacts the child custody reform act to help reduce litigation costs and pushed to have both parents involved with the child or children. Provides uniform statewide standards for the litigation and mediation of child custody disputes; provides for an initial planning conference between the judge and all parties to attempt a settlement; provides for mediation unless the court finds mediation is inappropriate; requires the chief administrator of the courts to establish plans for the conduct of administration of the mediation and preparation of evaluation reports.