STATEHOUSE—State Representative Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) authored House Bill 1065, which will allow a parent, who has received military deployment orders, to delegate their parenting time to a person who has a close relationship with their child if the court determines that it is in the best interest of that child. The bill passed out of the House unanimously.
“In the past, for example if a couple has gone through a divorce and one gets deployed afterwards, there has been no way of designating somebody else to visit that child. This would give a special provision to them so if they are deployed they could be assured that someone they love will have visitation rights with their son or daughter,” said Rep. Borders. “This is a pro-military, pro-family bill that is a win-win for everyone involved.”
HB 1065 allows a parent who has received military temporary duty, deployment or mobilization orders to hold an expedited hearing in determining or modifying custody or parenting time. If the military duties of a parent have a material effect on the parent’s ability to appear in person, they may present testimony and evidence by electronic means.
“For a solider to know that he or she can still delegate the custody of his or her child while on duty, will give them one less thing to worry about while they are fighting for our country,” said Rep. Borders. “This will allow a child to maintain contact within their family circle and ease the minds of our soldiers.”
House Bill 1065 will now move to the Senate for further consideration.