Friday, February 9, 2024

PA Bill: Kayden's Law (SB 55)

From Public Source:

A bill aimed at curbing child custody decisions made amid allegations of "parental alienation” appears to have enough support to become state law, its sponsor said in the wake of passage in the Senate. 

“The fact that it passed unanimously in the Senate, both in committee and and ultimately on the floor, is, I think, a pretty significant statement that there is broad support for this,” said Sen. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks County, who is co-sponsoring the bill, known as Kayden’s Law, with Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne County. While he said he tries not to speculate on voting that is yet to come, he feels optimistic. “It’s a both reasonable and important child safety proposal that should have broad bipartisan support, and it did in the Senate.”

The legislation, formally Senate Bill 55, would require courts to: 

  • Look more closely at each custody situation where there are allegations of violence or abuse
  • Provide supervised custody for parents accused of abuse until the claims are proven false
  • Provide training for family court judges about abuse and parental alienation.

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