Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

PHOENIX -- A parental rights bill, introduced by Sen. Nancy Barto, is making its way through the Arizona Legislature.

Under current Arizona law, a parent who has custody of a child can move up to 100 miles without letting the other spouse know. Senate Bill 1073 would change that. It would require that the parent be notified no matter what the distance of the move is, even if it's just down the street.

"There will be a notice telling why they're moving, and a little bit more information," said Barto. "This is to give the other parent an opportunity to object."

Barto said SB 1073 makes sure that both parents are treated fairly in custody issues.

"It insures that parents with joint custody rights can get a hearing in a timely matter so that neither parent, mother or father, has to go months and months without seeing their child," she said.

Barto said she introduced the bill after hearing complaints from male constituents that they aren't being treated fairly when it comes to child custody.

Both bills have cleared a Senate committee and are now headed to the full Senate for consideration.

Bob McClay, Reporter

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.
  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.