Legislature Changes


By Dana Greco, LCSW and Don Desroches

All of our calls, emails and meetings with New York State legislatures are starting to pay off. There has been movement for one of the bills we have been supporting and promoting.

S04382 – The bill has been approved in the “Childrens and Families” committee and is now in the “Finance” committee.

This bill enacts the child custody reform act to help reduce litigation costs and pushed to have both parents involved with the child or children.  Provides uniform statewide standards for the litigation and mediation of child custody disputes; provides for an initial planning conference between the judge and all parties to attempt a settlement; provides for mediation unless the court finds mediation is inappropriate; requires the chief administrator of the courts to establish plans for the conduct of administration of the mediation and preparation of evaluation reports.