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SB 1482 Pulled in Face of Massive Opposition
SB 1482 is an attempt by the
extremist Coalition for Family Equity and misguided feminists to reverse the
progress made on behalf of California's children of divorce over the past
two years. From 1996 to 2004 move-away determinations were based on the
Burgess decision, which was interpreted by California courts as
conferring unlimited move-away privileges. Under Burgess the bonds
between tens of thousands of children and their noncustodial parents were
The California Supreme Court
addressed the problem in the
in April, 2004 by making it clear that courts can prevent children from
being moved when it is detrimental to their interests. Among the factors
deemed important were the relationship between the child and the nonmoving
In the summer of 2004 then
Senate President John Burton, one of the most powerful people in California,
introduced SB 730, a bill which would have granted custodial parents an
almost unlimited right to move children far way from their noncustodial
We organized opposition to SB
730, and thousands of you wrote and called Sacramento to oppose the bill.
Our campaign gained widespread
media attention and was endorsed by numerous mental health and family
law professionals. Burton
surprised Sacramento insiders by withdrawing the
bill a few weeks later.
Today we must again fight to
preserve the relationships children of divorce share with their mothers and
fathers. To voice your opposition to SB 1482, click
here. By filling in the form, you will be both faxing and emailing
Sacramento. Also, we suggest you call the members of the committee--the
phone numbers are here.
California family law has a huge
influence on other states, and parents all over the United States have a
large stake in what happens here. We hear every day from devastated parents
who lost their children in the aftermath of the misguided Burgess
decision. We often hear from parents whose relationships with their children
were saved by the LaMusga decision.
Alliance for Children Concerned About Move-Aways,
which we originally formed to defeat SB 730, is working with the
California Alliance for
Families and Children to defeat
SB 1482. Again, to take action, click here.
Email and Fax the California Senate Judiciary Committee
Complete and send the form below
to email and fax the members of the California Senate Judiciary Committee.
Re: I OPPOSE SB 1482: Child custody
Dear Senate Judiciary Committee Member,
I am writing to urge you to vote against SB
1482 in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on May 9, 2006.
SB 1482 will harm California's children of
divorce by making it more difficult for them to
retain the loving bonds they share with both parents.
Under SB 1482
parents seeking to prevent their children from being moved hundreds or thousands
of miles away are specifically prevented from citing the move's impact on their
children's relationships with them as a basis for restraining the move. Nor are
they allowed to cite the effects of the
children losing their schools and friends.
In 2004 the California Supreme Court acted to
protect children of divorce with its LaMusga ruling. SB 1482 will instead
return us to the days when custodial parents could move children whenever they
wanted, wherever they wanted, often needlessly damaging the relationships
between children and their noncustodial parents.
I urge you to stand up for children by voting
against SB 1482.
Please type your name to act as your signature.
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Fax, and Email the California Senate Judiciary Committee
Use the information below to contact
members of the California Senate Judiciary Committee.
Capitol Phone 916-651-4034
Capitol Fax 916-323-2323
District Phone 714-705-1580
District Fax 714-705-1586
Senator Ackerman has indicated that he opposes SB 1482.
Note: One seat on the committee is currently vacant.
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