AN ACT TO PROMOTE THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF PARENTING TIME WITH CHILDREN BY BOTH PARENTS.
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition:
Amends the short and long titles.
Deletes all of the provisions of the previous edition.
Enacts GS 50-13.01, Purposes, providing the policy and the mission of the state in regards to child custody by highlighting five focus areas, including encouraging focused, good-faith, best-interest, and child-centered joint parenting agreement development and encouraging programs and court practices that maximize participation of both parents in the child's life.
Amends GS 50-13.2, Who entitled to custody; terms of custody; visitation rights of grandparents; taking child out of State; consideration of parent's military service, making organizational and clarifying changes. Deletes a provision that provided that joint custody of the parents must be considered on the request of either parent. No longer requires findings to be made concerning the safety of either party from domestic violence by the other party.
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