Existing law governs the determination of child custody and visitation in contested proceedings. Existing law requires the court, for purposes of deciding custody, to determine the best interests of the child based on certain factors, including the nature and amount of contact with both parents, and consistent with specified findings, including that the court's primary concern must be to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the child. Existing law prohibits the ordering of family reunification services as part of a child custody or visitation rights proceeding. Existing law requires the Judicial Council to establish judicial training programs with instruction in all aspects of family law for those who perform duties in family law matters and in domestic violence for those who perform duties in domestic violence matters. This bill would specify that prohibited ordered family reunification services include reunification therapy, treatments, programs, workshops, or camps that are predicated on cutting off a child from a parent with whom the child is bonded or to whom the child is attached. The bill would require the Judicial Council's family law training program to be designed to improve the ability of judges and others who perform duties in family law matters to recognize and respond to child abuse, domestic violence, and trauma in all family victims and to make appropriate custody decisions that prioritize child safety and well-being and are culturally responsive. The bill would require the Judicial Council's domestic violence training program to include child abuse, and would include those who perform duties in child custody and visitation matters in the target audience for that training. The bill would require a judge assigned to family law matters involving child custody proceedings, as well as a judge, referee, commissioner, mediator, child custody recommending counselor, and evaluator involved in child custody proceedings, to participate in a program of continuing instruction in domestic violence, including child abuse.
Ordered to inactive file.
From committee: That the Assembly amendments be taken up for consideration. (Ayes 11. Noes 0. Page 5108.)
Set for hearing August 24.
Re-referred to Com. on RLS pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10(d).
From committee: Be re-referred to Com. on JUD. pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10(d). (Ayes 5. Noes 0. Page 4961.) Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 76. Noes 0. Page 5882.) Ordered to the Senate.
In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (June 28).
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on JUD.
Re-referred to Com. on JUD. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on ED.
In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 1064.) Ordered to the Assembly.
Read second time and amended. Ordered to consent calendar.
From committee: Do pass as amended. Ordered to consent calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 954.) (April 28).
Set for hearing April 28.
Withdrawn from committee.
From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HOUSING.
(Ayes 32. Noes 4.)
Joint Rule 55 suspended. (Ayes 32. Noes 4. Page 272.)
Art. IV. Sec. 8(a) of the Constitution dispensed with.
From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 21.
Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|02/18/21 - Introduced|
|03/25/21 - Amended Senate|
|05/05/21 - Amended Senate|
|06/02/22 - Amended Assembly|
|06/20/22 - Amended Assembly|
|04/26/21- Senate Education|
|05/05/21- Sen. Floor Analyses|
|06/24/22- Assembly Judiciary|
|06/29/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS|
|08/23/22- Senate Judiciary|
|08/24/22- Sen. Floor Analyses|
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