On February 1, 2013, Rep. Bob Gardner and Sen. Ellen Roberts introduced HB 13-1200 - Concerning the “Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act.” This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.
Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws
The bill establishes the ““Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act” (act). Provisions of the act address:
- Custodial responsibility, caretaking, and decision-making authority during the deployment of one parent who is a service member;
- Procedures for granting custodial responsibility and caretaking or decision-making authority during deployment, temporary orders, filing orders with the court, hearings, and child support; and
- Custodial responsibility, visitation, and temporary orders after return from deployment and termination of temporary agreements and orders
The CBA LPC voted to oppose the introduced version of the bill but is also working with the sponsors to find compromise language to various sections of the bill. The House gave final approval on March 19; the bill is assigned to the Judiciary Committee in the Senate.