Bill Status of SB2595  94th General Assembly


Senate Sponsors
Sen. William R. Haine - Pamela J. Althoff - Cheryl Axley - Wendell E. Jones

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  1/9/2007SenateSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
750 ILCS 5/602from Ch. 40, par. 602
750 ILCS 5/602.1from Ch. 40, par. 602.1

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Provides that there is a rebuttable presumption that it is not in the best interest of a child to award custody to a parent who has been convicted of a crime that is in one of several designated categories (including battery, unlawful restraint, and stalking), convicted of a crime that resulted in serious physical injury to a family or household member, or determined by a court order to have violated an order of protection. The presumption can be rebutted by a preponderance of the evidence that the parent has completed a partner abuse program; alcohol and drug screening, if the court deems the screening to be appropriate, and alcohol or drug counseling or treatment, if applicable; all of the factors weigh in the parent's favor; and there is little likelihood of any future injury to the child. If the presumption is rebutted, the court shall state the evidence relied upon. If the presumption is not rebutted, custody shall be with the other parent, provided that is in the best interest of the child. If the presumptions for both parents are not rebutted, the court may award custody to one parent, if to do so is in the best interest of the child. Deletes from the list of relevant factors to consider in the determination of the best interest of the child, the willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a continuing relationship between the other parent and the child.

DateChamber Action
  1/20/2006SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. William R. Haine
  1/20/2006SenateFirst Reading
  1/20/2006SenateReferred to Rules
  1/20/2006SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Pamela J. Althoff
  1/20/2006SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Cheryl Axley
  1/20/2006SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Wendell E. Jones
  1/9/2007SenateSession Sine Die