H.B. 290

House Committee Amendments

Amendment 2 February 1, 2012 1:38 PM

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck proposes the following amendments:

1.    Page 1, Lines 12 through 16 :    

             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires a prospective petitioner for divorce to complete the mandatory divorce
             14      orientation course before filing a petition for divorce;
  . provides an exception for a victim of domestic violence;      

             15          .    requires the respondent to complete the mandatory divorce orientation course within
             16      30 days of receipt of a petition for divorce;

2.    Page 2, Lines 40 through 41 :    

             40          (2) A prospective petitioner shall [attend] complete a divorce orientation course [no
             41      more than 60 days after] before filing a petition for divorce.
  (3) The prefiling completion requirement shall be waived for a victim of domestic violence who provides:

    (a) a valid protective order or its equivalent from any jurisdiction;
    (b) a police report that indicates domestic violence has occurred against the respondent by a spouse; or
    (c) a letter from a domestic violence shelter stating that the petitioner is fleeing domestic violence.
    (4) A petitioner who files for divorce under Subsection (3) shall be required to complete the course within 30 days after filing for divorce.  

*Renumber the remaining subsections accordingly*

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