A bill regarding child custody sponsored by State Representative John Tilley passed the House Tuesday evening and is headed for the Governor’s desk.
House Bill 69 is meant to help military parents resolve child-custody issues tied to their deployment overseas. Representative Tilley says he learned some of those military parents were having trouble getting temporary child custody orders lifted when they returned home and the legislation would make sure those orders automatically revert back to what they were before those serving had to leave.
Local Family Court Judge Jason Flemming brought the problems to Tilley’s attention after a recent change in the interpretation of the existing law by the Kentucky Supreme Court had created a lapse in protection for military families.
The bill also defines safe drop-off areas and calls for the state not to try to put a child back in his or her home if a court determines the parent either sexually abused the child or is a registered sex offender.