AN ACT TO ALLOW JUDGES TO TEMPORARILY RENEW A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDER UPON THE TIMELY FILING OF A MOTION TO RENEW A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDER AND TO AMEND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CUSTODY MEDIATION.
Senate committee substitute replaces the content of the 3rd edition with the following.
Amends GS 50B-3, authorizing the court to temporarily renew a domestic violence protective order set to expire before the hearing on the motion to renew the order, for a fixed time not to extend beyond the earlier of the date of the renewal hearing or 30 days from the date the order is set to expire, absent the express consent of both parties. Does not allow extension of a temporary award of custody entered as part of the order beyond the maximum one-year period. Requires the clerk to notify the sheriff if a temporary renewal is granted. Applies to pending motions to renew filed before, on, or after December 1, 2022.
Amends GS 50-13.1, concerning actions or proceedings for custody of a minor child, by providing that issues that arise in motions for modifications (removes motions for contempt) as well as in other pleadings must be set for mediation unless the court waives mediation under the statute. Allows custody or visitation issues that arise in motions for contempt or motions to show cause to be set for mediation. Makes conforming changes. Applies to motions filed on or after December 1, 2022.
Changes the act's titles.
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