Friday, April 15, 2005

Nevada Senate panel OK's child custody bill

Las Vegas SUN

Sick, sick, sick - what the hell was the point? Basically, with the amended language this will change nothing substantive in Nevada cases - the language forcing a presumption still allows for a judge to find otherwise were there are exigent circumstances such as abuse, etc... What a god awful, tax payer funded waste of time!

Excerpts:

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill that would alter provisions governing joint custody of children was rewritten and approved Thursday by a Nevada Senate committee.

SB109, sponsored by Sen. Maurice Washington, R-Sparks, originally sought a legal presumption that joint custody is in the best interest of a child, even if both parents don't agree to it. Current law requires both parents to agree to make that presumption valid.

As amended, the bill removes the presumption and instructs courts to consider a number of factors when determining custody. They include the level of conflict between the parents, the child's relationship with siblings and each parent, whether there has been abuse or neglect and the ability of each parent to meet the child's needs.

Washington brought the bill originally because he heard from many fathers who have become frustrated with the court system while trying to get visitation rights and joint custody.

Sen. Terry Care, D-Las Vegas, said he supports the new language because it mentions the child's best interests, and also takes into account parents and siblings.

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