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Senate Study Bill 1033

PAG LIN 1 1 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. ___ 1 2 BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY RESOLUTION 1 3 BY CO=CHAIRPERSON KREIMAN) 1 4 A Concurrent Resolution requesting the legislative 1 5 council to establish an interim committee to examine 1 6 issues relating to the need for, benefits of 1 7 establishing, and functions of a friend of the court 1 8 agency to provide services to persons involved in 1 9 domestic relations cases. 1 10 WHEREAS, domestic relations and child custody issues have 1 11 become increasingly complex with the introduction of joint 1 12 physical care, parenting plans, mediation, parenting 1 13 coordinators, collaborative divorce, and other related issues; 1 14 and 1 15 WHEREAS, pro se litigants comprise an increasing number of 1 16 persons involved in domestic relations cases; and 1 17 WHEREAS, resolving disputes in domestic relations matters 1 18 by means other than litigation may be in the best interests of 1 19 the children involved in domestic relations cases and may also 1 20 serve to preserve judicial branch resources; NOW THEREFORE, 1 21 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1 22 CONCURRING, That the legislative council is requested to 1 23 establish an interim committee to examine issues relating to 1 24 the need for, benefits of establishing, and functions of a 1 25 friend of the court agency to provide services to persons 1 26 involved in domestic relations cases, to encourage and assist 1 27 parties in voluntarily resolving domestic relations cases, and 1 28 to compel the enforcement of parenting time and custody 1 29 orders. The committee may consider and make recommendations 1 30 relating to the functions of such an agency, including the 1 31 provision of legal forms and information relating but not 1 32 limited to mediation and joint custody alternatives, the 1 33 investigative and advisory functions of the agency including 1 34 the preparation of reports, evaluations, and recommendations 1 35 to the court, and the appointment of a referee authorized to 2 1 hold hearings and hear motions, administer oaths, compel the 2 2 attendance of witnesses and the production of documents, 2 3 examine witnesses, and make recommendations to the court; and 2 4 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the interim committee shall be 2 5 composed of ten members, who shall be members of the general 2 6 assembly; and 2 7 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the interim committee is 2 8 authorized to meet on five days and at least one authorized 2 9 day shall be set aside to conduct a public hearing to receive 2 10 oral and written testimony regarding the establishment of such 2 11 an agency; and 2 12 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the interim committee shall be 2 13 staffed by the legislative services agency, with the 2 14 assistance of any relevant state agency deemed necessary by 2 15 the committee, and shall conduct its deliberations during the 2 16 2005 legislative interim. The interim committee shall submit 2 17 its report to the general assembly no later than November 15, 2 18 2005. 2 19 LSB 1528SC 81 2 20 rh/pj/5
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