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H.B. 131





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          .    awards costs and attorney fees to 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 shall award attorney fees and costs to the petitioner.

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    as of 2-23-11 11:21 AM

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