A lawyer who testified during the hearing, however, says the bill could jeopardize the rights of parents who have visitation rights but don’t have full custody of their children.
“The real-life consequences of this bill will devastate family law as we know it,” said Lane Fitzpatrick, whose family law practice is based in Danielsville. “This is going to be a weapon a legal custodian is going to use against a noncustodial parent.”
In response to Fitzpatrick’s concerns, committee members asked legislative counsel to prepare an amendment to the bill to be made on the Senate floor. It would require a 30-day notice of such a decision be given to parents who don’t have custody.
Unterman has called SB 3 a step toward privatization of the child welfare system — something she tried to do on a broader scale last year before the state House blocked it.