Since Lindsay Parvis's February 5, 2016 legislative update, many more family bills have been introduced this session. Of note:
HB259: Family Law – Child Support – Custody and Visitation Determinations
Synopsis: Requiring the court, in any case in which the court determines child support, to also consider custody and visitation of the child; and requiring the Child Support Enforcement Administration to refer the parties to the court for purposes of considering custody and visitation of the child when the Administration establishes a child support obligation.
HB271: Child Support – Extraordinary Medical Expenses
Synopsis: Altering the definition of "extraordinary medical expenses" under the child support guidelines.
SB358: Family Law – Divorce on Grounds of Mutual Consent – Parties with Minor Children
Synopsis: Authorizing a court to decree an absolute divorce on the grounds of mutual consent if the parties have minor children, under specified circumstances; requiring a specified settlement agreement to provide for the care, custody, access, and support of minor or dependent children; requiring specified parties
to attach a completed child support guidelines worksheet to a specified settlement agreement; etc.
SB359: Family Law – Divorce – Corroboration of Testimony and Filing Procedures
Synopsis: Repealing the prohibition on a court entering a decree of divorce on the uncorroborated testimony of the party seeking the divorce; requiring parties to jointly file a complaint for absolute divorce in order to initiate proceedings for an absolute divorce on the grounds of mutual consent; and requiring the Court of Appeals, by rule, to establish a specified joint complaint form and procedures for filing specified joint complaints.
HB421/SB1019: Family Law – Grandparent Visitation
Synopsis: Altering the circumstances under which an equity court may grant visitation rights to a grandparent of a child.