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Arizona considering parental rights bill in senate

The rights of noncustodial parents can often be hard to define, especially in regards to how far their children reside from them. Fathers' rights and the rights of any noncustodial parent need to be protected under family law. A senator in Arizona has recently introduced a bill that seeks to expand these laws.

As our readers in Phoenix may have already heard, a bill seeking to expand certain parental rights was introduced in the state senate this month. The bill seeks to modify the notification law for custodial parents seeking to move. Under current Arizona law, the custodial parent only needs to let the noncustodial parent involved know if the move zone is beyond 100 miles.

The bill seeks to modify the notification distance requirement down from 100 miles to any distance. The notification will also include a reason for the move and other unspecified information. The reasoning behind this is to allow the noncustodial parent to object to the move if needed. The bill was introduced to make sure that both parents are able to see their children regularly. The senator involved in introducing the bill also indicated that complaints from male constituents played a part in its creation, suggesting that this may be a fathers' rights issue.

Anyone who is involved in a child custody agreement needs to be aware of how changes in Arizona's state laws may affect their child custody situations and visitation or parenting rights. All parents should be aware of their legal rights and options under Arizona law.

Source: KTAR, "Arizona senator introduces parental rights bill," Bob McClay, Feb. 14, 2013

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