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Second Substitute H.B. 22
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill expands the Expedited Parent-time Enforcement Program to the entire state.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . converts the Expedited Parent-time Enforcement Program from a pilot program in
13 the Third Judicial District to a statewide program.
14 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
16 Other Special Clauses:
17 This bill coordinates with S.B. 111, Revisor's Statute.
18 Utah Code Sections Affected:
20 30-3-38, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 352
21 63-63a-8, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 30-3-38 is amended to read:
25 30-3-38. Expedited Parent-time Enforcement Program.
26 (1) There is established an Expedited Parent-time Enforcement [
29 (2) As used in this section:
30 (a) "Mediator" means a person who:
31 (i) is qualified to mediate parent-time disputes under criteria established by the
32 Administrative Office of the Courts; and
33 (ii) agrees to follow billing guidelines established by the Administrative Office of the
34 Courts and this section.
35 (b) "Services to facilitate parent-time" or "services" means services designed to assist
36 families in resolving parent-time problems through:
37 (i) counseling;
38 (ii) supervised parent-time;
39 (iii) neutral drop-off and pick-up;
40 (iv) educational classes; and
41 (v) other related activities.
42 (3) (a) [
43 court alleging that court-ordered parent-time rights are being violated, the clerk of the court,
44 after assigning the case to a judge, shall refer the case to the administrator of this [
45 program for assignment to a mediator[
46 unavailable. Unless the court rules otherwise, a parent residing outside of the state is not
47 unavailable. The director of the program for the courts, the court, or the mediator may excuse
48 either party from the requirement to mediate for good cause.
49 (b) Upon receipt of a case, the mediator shall:
50 (i) meet with the parents to address parent-time issues within 15 days of the motion
51 being filed;
52 (ii) assess the situation;
53 (iii) facilitate an agreement on parent-time between the parents; and
54 (iv) determine whether a referral to a service provider under Subsection (3)(c) is
56 (c) While a case is in mediation, a mediator may refer the parents to a service provider
57 designated by the Department of Human Services for services to facilitate parent-time if:
58 (i) the services may be of significant benefit to the parents; or
59 (ii) (A) a mediated agreement between the parents is unlikely; and
60 (B) the services may facilitate an agreement.
61 (d) At any time during mediation, a mediator shall terminate mediation and transfer the
62 case to the administrator of the [
63 to whom the case was assigned under Subsection (3)(a) if:
64 (i) a written agreement between the parents is reached; or
65 (ii) the parents are unable to reach an agreement through mediation and:
66 (A) the parents have received services to facilitate parent-time;
67 (B) both parents object to receiving services to facilitate parent-time; or
68 (C) the parents are unlikely to benefit from receiving services to facilitate parent-time.
69 (e) Upon receiving a case from the administrator of the [
70 court commissioner may:
71 (i) review the agreement of the parents and, if acceptable, sign it as an order;
72 (ii) order the parents to receive services to facilitate parent-time;
73 (iii) proceed with the case; or
74 (iv) take other appropriate action.
75 (4) (a) If a parent makes a particularized allegation of physical or sexual abuse of a
76 child who is the subject of a parent-time order against the other parent or a member of the other
77 parent's household to a mediator or service provider, the mediator or service provider shall
78 immediately report that information to:
79 (i) the judge assigned to the case who may immediately issue orders and take other
80 appropriate action to resolve the allegation and protect the child; and
81 (ii) the Division of Child and Family Services within the Department of Human
82 Services in the manner required by Title 62A, Chapter 4a, Part 4, Child Abuse or Neglect
83 Reporting Requirements.
84 (b) If an allegation under Subsection (4)(a) is made against a parent with parent-time
85 rights or a member of that parent's household, parent-time by that parent shall, pursuant to an
86 order of the court, be supervised until:
87 (i) the allegation has been resolved; or
88 (ii) a court orders otherwise.
89 (c) Notwithstanding an allegation under Subsection (4)(a), a mediator may continue to
90 mediate parent-time problems and a service provider may continue to provide services to
91 facilitate parent-time unless otherwise ordered by a court.
92 (5) (a) The Department of Human Services may contract with one or more entities in
93 accordance with Title 63, Chapter 56, Utah Procurement Code, to provide:
94 (i) services to facilitate parent-time;
95 (ii) case management services; and
96 (iii) administrative services.
97 (b) An entity who contracts with the Department of Human Services under Subsection
98 (5)(a) shall:
99 (i) be qualified to provide one or more of the services listed in Subsection (5)(a); and
100 (ii) agree to follow billing guidelines established by the Department of Human Services
101 and this section.
102 (6) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (6)(b), the cost of mediation shall be:
103 (i) reduced to a sum certain;
104 (ii) divided equally between the parents; and
105 (iii) charged against each parent taking into account the ability of that parent to pay
106 under billing guidelines adopted in accordance with this section.
107 (b) A judge may order a parent to pay an amount in excess of that provided for in
108 Subsection (6)(a) if the parent:
109 (i) failed to participate in good faith in mediation or services to facilitate parent-time;
111 (ii) made an unfounded assertion or claim of physical or sexual abuse of a child.
112 (c) (i) The cost of mediation and services to facilitate parent-time may be charged to
113 parents at periodic intervals.
114 (ii) Mediation and services to facilitate parent-time may only be terminated on the
115 ground of nonpayment if both parents are delinquent.
120 provisions of this [
121 (b) The Department of Human Services may make rules to implement and administer
122 the provisions of this [
124 evaluate the effectiveness of the mediation component of this [
125 shall be provided to the Judiciary Interim Committee as requested by the committee. [
129 (b) The Department of Human Services shall adopt outcome measures to evaluate the
130 effectiveness of the services component of this [
131 provided to the Judiciary Interim Committee as requested by the committee.
132 (c) The Administrative Office of the Courts and the Department of Human Services
133 may adopt joint outcome measures and file joint reports to satisfy the requirements of
134 Subsections [
136 and requirements of Title 63, Chapter 38e, Federal Funds Procedures, apply for federal funds
137 as available.
140 Section 2. Section 63-63a-8 is amended to read:
141 63-63a-8. Children's Legal Defense Account.
142 (1) There is created a restricted account within the General Fund known as the
143 Children's Legal Defense Account.
144 (2) The purpose of the Children's Legal Defense Account is to provide for programs
145 that protect and defend the rights, safety, and quality of life of children.
146 (3) The Legislature shall appropriate money from the account for the administrative
147 and related costs of the following programs:
148 (a) implementing the Mandatory Educational Course on Children's Needs for
149 Divorcing Parents relating to the effects of divorce on children as provided in Sections 30-3-4 ,
150 30-3-7 , 30-3-10.3 , 30-3-11.3 , 30-3-15.3 , and 30-3-18 , and the Mediation Pilot Program - Child
151 Custody or Parent-time as provided in Sections 30-3-15.3 and 30-3-18 ;
152 (b) implementing the use of guardians ad litem as provided in Sections 30-3-5.2 ,
153 78A-6-321 , 78A-6-902 , 78B-3-102 , and 78A-2-227 ; the training of guardian ad litems and
154 volunteers as provided in Section 78A-6-902 ; and termination of parental rights as provided in
155 Sections 78A-6-117 , 78A-6-118 , and 78A-6-1103 , and Title 78A, Chapter 6, Part 5,
156 Termination of Parental Rights Act. This account may not be used to supplant funding for the
157 guardian ad litem program in the juvenile court as provided in Section 78A-6-902 ; and
158 (c) implementing and administering the Expedited Parent-time Enforcement [
159 Program as provided in Section 30-3-38 .
160 (4) The following withheld fees shall be allocated only to the Children's Legal Defense
161 Account and used only for the purposes provided in Subsections (3)(a) through (c):
162 (a) the additional $10 fee withheld on every marriage license issued in the state of Utah
163 as provided in Section 17-16-21 ; and
164 (b) a fee of $4 shall be withheld from the existing civil filing fee collected on any
165 complaint, affidavit, or petition in a civil, probate, or adoption matter in every court of record.
166 (5) The Division of Finance shall allocate the monies described in Subsection (4) from
167 the General Fund to the Children's Legal Defense Account.
168 (6) Any funds in excess of $200,000 remaining in the restricted account as of June 30
169 of any fiscal year shall lapse into the General Fund.
170 Section 3. Coordinating H.B. 22 with S.B. 111.
171 If this H.B. 22 and S.B. 111, Revisor's Statute, both pass, it is the intent of the
172 Legislature that Section 30-3-38 not be repealed and the amendments in this H.B. 22 take
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