Saturday, March 10, 2001

Child-custody bill sent to governor




The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — A bill to make it easier to get a child-custody arrangement changed won final passage in the General Assembly on Friday.

        The bill easily passed both the Senate and House after a conference committee reached agreement. The bill carries an emergency clause, allowing it to take effect upon the governor's signature.

        If enacted, a judge would determine a child's “best interests” when deciding whether to reopen a custody order at least two years old.

        Anyone seeking to modify a custody decree would have to offer supporting affidavits. A judge then would decide whether to hold a hearing, which in turn could lead to a change in custody.

        For custody cases less than 2 years old, the current, more restrictive requirement would remain: proof that a child's physical, mental or emotional health might be seriously endangered in his current home.

        A House-Senate conference committee agreed to the language, and the Senate passed the compromise bill, 28-8. It won final House passage 92-0.

       



Viability of center expansion questioned
Census shows SE Ind. growth
Firefighter's ordeal adds to emotional toll on unit
West-side township reeling
Church divided on gay unions
City begins sweep of abandoned cars
Newport fire ravages Fourth Street dwelling
SAMPLES: 1st Amendment
Three teens accused of poisoning plot
Acting Hamilton city clerk quits
At 25, chamber flexing muscles
Fire kills woman, 69, as crews are blocked; death is third of week
Math has dream team
Predator notification expanded
HOWARD: Neighborhoods
MCNUTT: Smoked
- Child-custody bill sent to governor
Crestview representative ready to listen
Dems to endorse new slate
Developer scouting Newport location
First lady in court fight over land
Gay-rights law up for repeal
'Hillbilly' Coke a hit in mountain community
Law will ban racial profiling
Old tannery site of hazardous waste
Postal hub relocation in jeopardy
School told to keep student who moved
Senators decide Pitino might opt for Louisville
State mails first batch of late support checks
Kentucky News Briefs
Tristate A.M. Report