senate Bill S7807

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Amends provisions of various laws to change term "visitation" to "parenting time" regarding custody orders

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Jun 20, 2012 referred to rules

S7807 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Domestic Relations Law
Laws Affected:
Amd Dom Rel L, generally; amd Fam Ct Act, generally
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: S892
2015-2016: S2760
2017-2018: S3594
2019-2020: S4600

S7807 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Amends provisions of various sections of law to change term "visitation" to "parenting time" regarding custody orders.

S7807 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7807 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  7807

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 20, 2012
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  OPPENHEIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the domestic relations law and the family court act,  in
  relation to changing the denotation of visitation to parenting time

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  Legislative  intent.  The  legislature  hereby  finds  and
declares  that the term "visitation" carries a negative connotation with
respect to noncustodial parents who want to be a  part  of  their  chil-
dren's  lives. Society has given the term "visitation" a negative conno-
tation that can be associated with  the  visiting  of  an  inmate  at  a
correctional  facility  or prison. The purpose of this act is to reflect
the fact that a parent's time with a child is not merely  as  a  visitor
but constitutes parenting time.
  S  1-a. Section 2 of the domestic relations law, as amended by chapter
920 of the laws of 1974, is amended to read as follows:
  S 2. Definitions. AS USED IN THIS CHAPTER:
  1. A "minor" or "infant", [as used in this chapter,] is a person under
the age of eighteen years.
  2. "VISITATION" REFERS TO TIME PERMITTED TO  BE  SPENT  WITH  A  CHILD
PURSUANT TO A COURT ORDER UNDER THIS CHAPTER, THE FAMILY COURT ACT OR AN
ORDER  ENFORCED UNDER ARTICLE FIVE-A OF THIS CHAPTER, BY A PERSON WHO IS
NOT A PARENT OF THE CHILD. THIS SHALL INCLUDE GRANDPARENTS, SIBLINGS AND
STEP-PARENTS.
  3. "PARENTING TIME" REFERS TO THE PERIOD OF TIME  THAT  A  PARENT  MAY
SPEND  WITH  HIS OR HER CHILD PURSUANT TO A COURT ORDER UNDER THIS CHAP-
TER, THE FAMILY COURT ACT OR AN ORDER ENFORCED UNDER ARTICLE  FIVE-A  OF
THIS CHAPTER.
  S  2.  Subdivision (b) of section 70 of the domestic relations law, as
added by chapter 457 of the laws of 1988, is amended to read as follows:
  (b) Any order under this section which applies to rights  of  [visita-
tion]  PARENTING  TIME  with a child remanded or placed in the care of a
person, official, agency or institution pursuant to article ten  of  the
family  court  act  or  pursuant to an instrument approved under section

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

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