H.R.6048 - To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation.110th Congress (2007-2008)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-3] (Introduced 05/14/2008)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs | Senate - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||05/21/2008 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (All Actions)|
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Text: H.R.6048 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)
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Referred in Senate (05/21/2008)
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[Congressional Bills 110th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 6048 Referred in Senate (RFS)] 2d Session H. R. 6048 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES May 21, 2008 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. PROTECTION OF CHILD CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS FOR PARENTS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES DEPLOYED IN SUPPORT OF A CONTINGENCY OPERATION. (a) Child Custody Protection.--Title II of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. App. 521 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ``SEC. 208. CHILD CUSTODY PROTECTION. ``(a) Restriction on Change of Custody.--If a motion for change of custody of a child of a servicemember is filed while the servicemember is deployed in support of a contingency operation, no court may enter an order modifying or amending any previous judgment or order, or issue a new order, that changes the custody arrangement for that child that existed as of the date of the deployment of the servicemember, except that a court may enter a temporary custody order if there is clear and convincing evidence that it is in the best interest of the child. ``(b) Completion of Deployment.--In any preceding covered under subsection (a), a court shall require that, upon the return of the servicemember from deployment in support of a contingency operation, the custody order that was in effect immediately preceding the date of the deployment of the servicemember is reinstated, unless there is clear and convincing evidence that such a reinstatement is not in the best interest of the child. ``(c) Exclusion of Military Service From Determination of Child's Best Interest.--If a motion for the change of custody of the child of a servicemember is filed, no court may consider the absence of the servicemember by reason of deployment, or possibility of deployment, in determining the best interest of the child. ``(d) Contingency Operation Defined.--In this section, the term `contingency operation' has the meaning given that term in section 101(a)(13) of title 10, United States Code, except that the term may include such other deployments as the Secretary may prescribe.''. (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of contents in section 1(b) of such Act is amended by adding at the end of the items relating to title II the following new item: ``208. Child custody protection.''. Passed the House of Representatives May 20, 2008. Attest: LORRAINE C. MILLER, Clerk.