Current Status Bill Number:
3285Ratification Number: 509Act Number: 446Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950118Primary Sponsor: NeilsonAll Sponsors: Neilson, Lloyd, G. Brown, Hines, L. Whipper, Breeland, J. Young, Canty, Rice, Felder, Chamblee, Gamble, Keyserling, Robinson, Herdklotz, Davenport, Mason, Thomas and ByrdDrafted Document Number: gjk\21199ac.95Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960530Date of Last Amendment: 19960530Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19960618Subject: Child custody, joint
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19960709 Act No. A446 ------ 19960618 Signed by Governor ------ 19960613 Ratified R509 Senate 19960530 Concurred in House amendment, enrolled for ratification House 19960530 Senate amendments amended, returned to Senate with amendment House 19960530 Reconsidered vote whereby concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled for ratification House 19960530 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 19960523 Amended, read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19960522 Read second time, notice of general amendments Senate 19960521 Committee report: Favorable 11 SJ Senate 19950330 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee House 19950329 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19950328 Read second time House 19950322 Committee report: Favorable 25 HJ House 19950118 Introduced, read first time, 25 HJ referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-420, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE FAMILY COURT, SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE COURT TO ORDER JOINT OR DIVIDED CUSTODY TO PROVIDE THAT THE COURT MAY NOT PROHIBIT A CUSTODIAL PARENT FROM MOVING HIS RESIDENCE TO A LOCATION WITHIN THE STATE UNLESS THE COURT FINDS A COMPELLING REASON OR UNLESS THE PARTIES AGREE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Joint or divided custody authorized
SECTION 1. Section 20-7-420 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding at the end an appropriately numbered item to read:
"( ) to order joint or divided custody where the court finds it is in the best interests of the child."
Custodial parent may not be prohibited from moving residence within the State and exceptions
SECTION 2. Section 20-7-420(30) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(30) To make any order necessary to carry out and enforce the provisions of this chapter, and to hear and determine any questions of support, custody, separation, or any other matter over which the court has jurisdiction, without the intervention of a jury; however, the court may not issue an order which prohibits a custodial parent from moving his residence to a location within the State unless the court finds a compelling reason or unless the parties have agreed to such a prohibition."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
In the Senate House June 13, 1996.
Robert L. Peeler,
President of the Senate
David H. Wilkins,
Speaker of the House of
Approved the 18th day of June, 1996.
David M. Beasley,
Printer's Date -- June 28, 1996 -- S.