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Legislative Update and ACTION ALERT! – Legislative Spring Break

Legislative Update and ACTION ALERT! – Legislative Spring Break

Child Custody Bills on the Move – one good bill and two bad bills!!!

While lawmakers are home on their two-week spring break, there is no better time than now to visit with them, call them, email them – and let them know to VOTE YES for SB186! 

Click here for the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of Senate members.

  • The enclosed comparison chart and scientific literature irrefutably reflect SB 186 as the best child custody legislation, thus resulting in better outcomes for children.


VOTE “YES” on Senate Bill 186 (SB186) with the enclosed amendments


SB186 – Senator Larry Stutts (R-Sheffield)

Senate Bill (SB) 186, the Children’s Equal Access Act, passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee March 15, 2017 and could be up for a floor vote in the Senate April 4, 2017.

  • The Children’s Equal Access Act, SB 186 incorporates the latest scientific research and creates a rebuttable presumption of equal (50%) or approximately equal (35%) parenting time between both fit parents.
  • SB186 also comes as a result of surveying and consulting other experienced attorneysand judges in this field of practice; members of the Alabama Law Institute Family Law Standing Committee, Alabama Family Rights Association Advisory committee, and state executive and local branches of government proclamations calling on community and state leaders to support shared parenting because of its benefits for children.

You can read the bill in its entirety here.


VOTE “NO” on Senate Bill 191 (SB191) and House Bill 239 (HB239)



SB191 – Senator Vivian Figures (D-Mobile)

Unfortunately, Senate Bill 191 (SB191) passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 15th with a vote 9 – 0. SB191 is now eligible to move to the Senate floor for a vote.


HB239 – Rep. Jim Hill (R-Moody)

Unfortunately, House Bill 239 (HB239) passed out of the House on Wednesday, March 15th. HB239 will now move to the Senate committee on Judiciary.


Senate Bill 191(SB 191) and House Bill 239 (HB239) are companion child custody bills written by attorneys of the Alabama Law Institute, Family Law Committee.

Both SB191 and HB239 are flawed. They do the following:


  • Fail to protect the parent-child relationship by neglecting current research
  • Exclude the presumption that equal (50%) or approximately equal (35%) parenting time is in the best interest of the child
  • Dismiss the need to define “frequent and continuing contact” with each parent
  • Maintain the status quo in many courts ordering standard visitation, 48-56 hours a month as the starting point and best interest of all children regardless of the facts of the case.
  • Here’s a quote from the 2016 judges survey conducted by the AOC:
    • “I have never in ten years awarded ‘true custody’ or ‘50/50 custody’ in a case.” “I do not believe that such instability is ever in any child’s best interest. Therefore, I do not do it of my own accord.”
    • SB191 and HB239 do not fix or address this systemic problem.



Together, we will make a difference, but we have to let our voices and concerns be heard in Montgomery.


  • Robby Cale
    Posted at 18:50h, 21 March Reply

    We need this as a law!! And it can and will work with both parties if you pass it! My first wife and me made it work with the children. They are grown now . They have a great relationship with me and her! An we get along ! Me and her didn’t want to slit them up! Our son wanted to live with me. So we didn’t slit them up! They with me a half of the week and with her the second part! I got them Wednesday through Saturday afternoon . She had them from Saturday afternoon until Wednesday.

    The problem is my second wife . We divorced last year. And she is keeping our children away from me! I had the first wife come to court and tell them I’m a great dad. Never been in trouble! With the law or a speedy ticket, nothing! Ten years in the army . Hold down a great job. She was a RN and had her license revoked because of rx drugs! Lost jobs and had car crash and ticket! She also had to domestic violence ! They still gave her the children and making pay more child support than what I should pay. They base her income on 0.00 instead of min wage ! I’m supposed to get them every two weeks and she doesn’t let me have them. She turning my 11 year old daughter against me ! By telling her that I’m the reason for us having to give up our house and her car! Stuff like that!!

    So the system is broke! I have hired two different attorneys! Paid over 10,000.00 and still have nothing!! All I wanted was for to get help !! And equal time with our children! I told the judge this and even said I would pay child support for equal time! So it’s broke for sure!

    Brewton, Alabama

  • Emily Jenkins
    Posted at 03:34h, 22 March Reply

    Vote yes for Senate Bill 186!!!!!!!!!

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