Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 312Primary Sponsor: McConnellCommittee Number: 25Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Child custody changes, provisionsResiding Body: HouseComputer Document Number: 436/12699AC.93Introduced Date: 19930127Date of Last Amendment: 19940203Last History Body: HouseLast History Date: 19940209Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: McConnell CourtneyType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 312 House 19940209 Introduced, read first time, 25 referred to Committee 312 Senate 19940208 Read third time, sent to House 312 Senate 19940203 Amended, read second time 312 Senate 19940202 Committee Report: Favorable 11 with amendment 312 Senate 19930127 Introduced, read first time, 11 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED
February 3, 1994
S. Printed 2/3/94--S.
Read the first time January 27, 1993.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-7-1540 SO AS TO PROVIDE FACTORS THE COURT MAY CONSIDER AS CONSTITUTING A SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES FOR CHANGING CHILD CUSTODY.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 20-7-1540. The court may consider and give such weight as it finds appropriate to one or more of the following factors as constituting a substantial change of circumstances which may justify a change of custody:
(1) a pattern of intentional withholding of visitation of a child from the other parent without just cause;
(2) abuse or neglect by the custodial parent;
(3) criminal conviction or incarceration of the custodial parent;
(4) remarriage of either parent;
(5) abuse of drugs or alcohol by the custodial parent;
(6) change in age, maturity, or unique needs of the child;
(7) a disabling condition of the custodial parent which severely impairs the parent's ability to attend to the child's basic needs;
(8) relocation of residence by the custodial parent of significant distance; and
(9) any other circumstances which affect the best interests and welfare of the minor child."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.