26 Mar Legislators return for the 2019 session
2019 Legislative Status Update
The Alabama Family Rights Association (ALFRA) has been working hard since 2011, educating the general public, legal community, and legislators about the need to update the child custody law practices. Last year, the Children’s Equal Access Act passed the Senate but stalled in the House Committee.
We as advocates working to preserve, promote, and protect family relationships want to continue the “Rebuild Alabama” legislative conversation by rebuilding families. Let’s Rebuild Families by fixing the Alabama child custody law that was modified 22 years ago with no significant change in the application of law enacted in 1852.
Since the 2018 legislative session, several members of the Alabama Equal Custody Advisory committee have been working countless hours with the ALFRA board, other advocates, and key legislators in developing a strategic plan to be successful during the 2019 legislative session. With continued awareness, education, and keeping the conversation child-centered to rebuild Alabama families, we’re hopeful for the passage of the Children’s Equal Access Act in both houses and signed into law by the Governor during the 2019 legislative session.
In order to make this a reality, we need your help.
- We must first get the legislators attention by respectfully and quickly explaining our objective. We must present it, not from our own gut-wrenching pain, but from the perspective of making a difference in thousands of children’s and parents’ lives each year. Our message won’t be heard and our goal won’t be accomplished if we aren’t able to get and keep the legislators attention long enough for them to understand the purpose, importance, and value of the bill.
- All advocates and other groups need to conduct themselves in an adult and professional manner. Especially in the hallways of the Alabama statehouse. Doing otherwise, only serves as a distraction.
- Take a moment to email your state lawmakers to urge them to “Rebuild Alabama” by making Alabama’s children and families their top priority this session. Here’s a sample message to send to them.
Starting April 1st, we ask you to focus on contacting your State Representatives first. See this page for how to find your State Legislators.
Over the next few weeks ALFRA will send updates and alerts to help you advocate for our children.