SB 531
Modifies provisions of law relating to child custody arrangements
LR Number:
Last Action:
5/15/2020 - Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 531-Wallingford, with SS & SA 1 (pending)
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2020

Current Bill Summary

SS/SB 531 - This act adds a rebuttable presumption when determining child custody arrangements that an award of equal or approximately equal parenting time to each parent is in the best interests of the child. Such presumption may be rebutted as specified in the act, including an agreement by the parents on all issues related to custody or a finding by the court that a pattern of domestic violence has occurred. The General Assembly urges the court to enter a temporary parenting plan as soon as practicable in a manner that will best assure both parents participate in custody decisions and have frequent, continuing, and meaningful contact with their children.

This act is substantially similar to SCS/HCS/HB 229 (2019), SB 14 (2019), SCS/HCS/HB 1667 (2018), SB 645 (2018), and HCS/HB 724 (2017).