House rejects move notice to non-custodial parents

PHOENIX - The Arizona House has rejected a bill requiring a divorced mother or father who wants to move more than 10 miles to give a 45-day notice to the parent who doesn't have custody.

Senate Bill 1038 by Republican Sen. Nancy Barto of Phoenix would replace a current law requiring notifications only if the move is out of state or more than 100 miles away.

Proponents say that rule has been abused by some parents who make a series of moves. Opponents argue it could affect the ability of a custodial parent to take a new job or buy a house and allow a non-custodial parent to harass his or her former spouse by objecting to the move.

The bill failed on a 38-22 vote Tuesday but will be reconsidered Thursday.

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