senate Bill S3734

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the child custody reform act

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to judiciary
Feb 13, 2013 referred to judiciary


S3734 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Judiciary
Law Section:
Domestic Relations Law
Laws Affected:
Add §242, Dom Rel L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S659, A11195, A3252
2011-2012: S4382, A3803
2015-2016: S4035, A3437
2017-2018: S7359, A5345
2019-2020: S2584, A4005

S3734 (ACTIVE) - 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.

S3734 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3734 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 13, 2013

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

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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