2017 California Legislative Agenda
SB-170 Child custody: preferences of the child.
CJE and CPPA are pleased to announce that Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) introduced Senate Bill 170, the Giving Children A Voice Act, which lowers the age that California children can speak directly with a family court judge about their custody and visitation wishes. Current law allows teens over 14 to weigh in, and this bill states that children 10 and older should be given this same right to address the court if they want to. Please thank Sen. Leyva for her leadership on this bill, and contact your state senator and encourage him or her to co-author SB-170. Find Your California Representative Here and stay tuned for updates on this important legislation.
Press Release: Senator Leyva Introduces “Giving Children a Voice Act” (January 23, 2017)
2017 U.S. Congressional Agenda
CJE’s Executive Director Kathleen Russell will be working in the halls of Congress in early 2017 to secure co-sponsors for our first Congressional Resolution on the family court crisis. The historic bipartisan resolution, H Con Res 150, will be reintroduced when the new Congress convenes in January. Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) are leading the way to ensuring that family courts across the U.S. do more to protect children’s safety when their parents are navigating the difficult terrain of divorce and separation. The Resolution also calls for Congressional Oversight Hearings and clear standards for custody evaluators.