Notice & hearings on child relocation

For amend and vote only, the House Judiciary Committee heard SB 292 on notice and hearings on child relocation, sponsored by Rep. Sullivan.  The bill does the following:

  • changes certain procedures governing the relocation of a child in cases in which custody orders are issued following a determination of paternity and in cases heard under statutes governing custody and visitation;
  • requires parties to share certain contact information unless a court finds that disclosure of the information creates a significant risk of substantial harm to an individual otherwise required to disclose the information or to the child;
  • requires a relocating individual to serve a notice of intent to move on interested parties under the Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure;
  • specifies circumstances in which a relocating individual is not required to file a notice of intent to move;
  • specifies information that must be included in the notice of intent to move;
  • requires a nonrelocating individual served with a notice of intent to move to file a response unless the parties have executed and filed with the court a written agreement resolving all issues related to custody, parenting time, grandparent visitation, and child support resulting from the relocation of the child;
  • specifies the information that must be included in the response;
  • allows a response to be filed without objecting to the relocation of a child; and
  • specifies the motions that may be filed with the response in objection to the relocation of a child.

The Committee amended the bill by consent to provide that a relocating individual is not required to file a notice of intent to move with the clerk of the court if: (1) certain distance requirements are met; and (2) the move does not require the child to enroll in a different school.  The amended bill passed 13-0.

Read the bill at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2019/bills/senate/292