Child custody hearing bill headed to governor

March 27, 2013

A bill to require courts to hold initial hearings in custody cases sooner will go to the governor, after winning the approval of the state House of Representatives Wednesday. From Phoenix, KJZZ’s Mark Brodie has more.

MARK BRODIE: The measure would require judges to hold an evidentiary hearing within 60 days of a parent filing a motion for temporary orders, unless the filer waives that requirement or the parties agree to temporary custody arrangements. Supporters say currently cases can take months for an initial hearing, which can prevent the non-custodial parent from being able to take part in raising their child.  Wednesday’s vote in the state House was 50-8. The Senate OK'd the bill in February on a 29-0 vote.



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