SB79 SFAT #1 Trump 2-23

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Senator Trump moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

Eng. Senate Bill 79óA BILL to amend and reenact ß48-9-403 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to providing a fair mechanism for the adjudication of requests for relocation of a parent with a child; providing circumstances for which relocation of a parent constitutes a substantial change in the circumstances of the child; requiring the relocating parent to file a verified petition for the court for modification of the parenting plan; identifying consequences of failure to comply with the requirements of this section; requiring a copy of the petition to be served on the other parent and all other persons allocated custodial time with the child; establishing requirements for the petition for modification of the parenting plan; requiring a hearing to be held on the petition at least 30 days in advance of the proposed date of relocation; providing for an expedited hearing; authorizing the court to revise the parenting plan; authorizing the court to allocate costs between the parties; establishing the burden of proof for the relocating parent; defines when a relocation is for a legitimate purpose; establishing a move with a legitimate purpose is unreasonable unless the relocating parent proves that the purpose is not substantially achievable without moving and that moving to a location that is substantially less disruptive of the other parentís relationship to the child is not feasible; requiring the court to consider the best interests of the child when modifying the parenting plan; requiring the court to minimize impairment to a parent-child relationship caused by a parentís relocation through alternative arrangements; setting forth the opportunity for parties to file a modified parenting plan signed by all parties; conditionally requiring an initial permanent parenting plan to be established before a relocation is considered; requiring interviewing or questioning of the child to be conducted in accordance with Rule 17 of the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Court.