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Arizona House rejects notice to non-custodial parents

PHOENIX -- The Arizona House has again rejected a bill that would have made it more difficult for a divorced parent to move with the children without getting court approval.

Senate Bill 1038 by Sen. Nancy Barto of Phoenix would have replaced a current law requiring notifications to non-custodial parents and possible court approval if the move is out of state or more than 100 miles away. The new law would have required a custodial parent moving more than 10 miles to give a 45-day notice and in some cases get court approval.

Proponents said some parents abuse the current rule. Opponents argue it could affect the ability of a custodial parent to take a new job or buy a house.

The bill failed on Tuesday but was brought back for reconsideration Thursday. It failed again with a 29-29 vote.

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