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H.B. 131

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 4:18 PM by jeyring. -->              1     




Chief Sponsor: Rebecca P. Edwards

Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill requires a court to review a person's custody and parent-time if the person is
             10      convicted of a crime.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    allows a person to petition a court for review of custody and parent-time upon
             14      learning the other parent has been convicted of certain crimes;
             15          .    sets a three-year time limit on convictions to be used as the basis for a modification;
             16          .    requires the court to make written findings; and
             17          . H. [     awards ] allows .H costs and attorney fees to H. be awarded to .H
             17a      the petitioner.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      ENACTS:
             24          30-3-41, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 30-3-41 is enacted to read:

             28          30-3-41. Custody and parent-time modifications upon conviction of a crime.
             29          (1) A person's custody and parent-time shall be reviewed for modification if the other
             30      parent petitions the court and demonstrates that the person has been convicted of any of the
             31      following offenses:
             32          (a) Section 41-6a-503 , driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a passenger
             33      under the age of 16;
             34          (b) Section 76-5-112.5 , endangerment of a child;
             35          (c) any offense which would require the person to register under the provisions of
             36      Section 77-27-21.5 ;
             37          (d) class A misdemeanor or felony child abuse under Section 76-5-109 ;
             38          (e) class A misdemeanor or felony child abandonment under Section 76-5-109 ; or
             39          (f) Section 76-5-109.1 , domestic violence in the presence of a child.
             40          (2) The parent who is the petitioner shall file a petition for modification within one
             41      year of learning of the conviction.
             42          (3) A conviction more than three years old may not be used as the basis for a petition,
             43      however, the court may take previous convictions which have not been expunged into
             44      consideration.
             45          (4) If the court determines that a change in custody or parent-time is not in the best
             46      interest of the child or children, it shall make written findings supporting its decision.
             47          (5) The court H. [ shall ] may .H award attorney fees and costs to the petitioner.

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