senate Bill S4382

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts the child custody reform act

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Apr 30, 2012 reported and committed to finance
Jan 04, 2012 referred to children and families
Apr 01, 2011 referred to children and families


S4382 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Domestic Relations Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง242, Dom Rel L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S659, A11195, A3252

S4382 - Summary

Enacts the child custody reform act to provide uniform statewide standards for the litigation and mediation of child custody disputes; provides for an initial planning conference between the judge and all parties to attempt a settlement; provides for mediation unless the court finds mediation is inappropriate; requires the chief administrator of the courts to establish plans for the conduct of administration of the mediation and preparation of evaluation reports.

S4382 - Sponsor Memo

S4382 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 1, 2011

Introduced by Sens. LANZA, LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families

AN  ACT  to  amend  the domestic relations law, in relation to the child
  custody and support decision-making process


  Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "child custody reform act".
  S 2.  Declaration  of  purposes.  The  legislature  hereby  finds  and
declares  that  it is in the best interests of a child whose parents are
in dispute over his or her custody that:
  Parents resolve their dispute as expeditiously as possible in a child-
centered manner;
  Parents be encouraged to recognize the continuing interest  that  each
has  in  the welfare of their child and resolve any differences they may
have concerning custody, parenting and child support  obligations  prior
to engaging in the adversarial process;
  Courts  undertake  an active role in promoting parental settlements in
custody, parenting and child support disputes, and in educating  parents
about the needs of their child resulting from divorce or separation;
  The  child centered mediation process, in suitable cases, is an appro-
priate way to help parents resolve child custody,  parenting  and  child
support disputes;
  Mediation  of  custody, parenting and child support disputes should be
conducted in collaboration with the courts, in a  safe  environment,  by
well-trained,  experienced mediators during which the parents attempt to
plan cooperatively for the welfare of their child; and
  Uniform statewide standards for  mediation  should  be  formulated  in
order  to  ensure  the  safety,  quality and usefulness of the mediation
process to the court as well as to the parents, and to assure compliance

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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