Legislation

The Fatherhood Coalition does not support any further proliferation of "domestic abuse/violence" language in the law, as what presently exists already exerts a corrupting influence on the administration of justice and the true best interests of children involved in custody disputes.


Shared Parenting legislation

        Mark Charalambous' shared parenting testimony

        Michael O'Neil's shared parenting testimony

 

Abuse Protection (209A) Reform legislation


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Senators and Representatives

Bill Tracking


Pro-Dad Legislation

Massachusetts Senate Bills

S1075 Shared Parenting  (Old bill, 2003-2004 session)


Text of S1075

An Act Relative To Shared Parenting

By Messrs Lees, a petition of Sen. Brian Lees, Sen. Richard R. Tisei, Sen. Robert L. Hedlund, Sen. Michael R. Knapik, Sen. Jo Ann Sprague for legislation relative to a presumption of shared physical custody of a child. The Judiciary.

S940 Shared Parenting* (Old bill, 2003-2004 session)

*Though offered as a pro father's rights bill, WE CANNOT SUPPORT SB940.  We consider it a poorly crafted bill, as it is encumbered with domestic abuse and domestic violence language, and specifically includes mention of MGL Ch. 209A as a standard to be used by the court when determining of domestic abuse/violence has occurred between the parties.  We don't support legislation that takes two steps back for one step forward. With respect to shared parenting legislation, The Fatherhood Coalition SUPPORTS S1075 and H3191.

Text of S940

An Act Relative To Strengthening Family Relationships Through Responsible Shared Parenting

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No.940) of Stephen M. Brewer, Mark J. Carron, Joseph F. Wagner and other members of the General Court for legislation to further implement standardized parenting plans through responsible shared parenting.The Judiciary

 

Massachusetts House Bills

H3191 Shared Parenting (Old bill, 2003-2004 session)

Text of H3191

An Act Relative To Shared Parenting

By Mr. Travis of Rehoboth, petition of Philip Travis, Elizabeth Poirier, John P. Fresolo, Paul J. P. Loscocco and James E. Vallee relative to shared custody of minor children of divorced or separated parents. The Judiciary.

H1145 Abuse Prevention orders (209A) (Old bill, 2003-2004 session)

Text of H1145

An Act Relative To Abuse Prevention Orders

By Mrs. Poirier of North Attleborough (by request), petition of Daniel M. Jette and another relative to abuse prevention orders. The Judiciary.

H940 Abuse Prevention orders (209A) (Old bill, 2003-2004 session)

Text of H940

An Act Further Regulating Protective Orders In Certain Court Proceedings

By Mr. Fagan of Taunton, petition of James H. Fagan for legislation to regulate protective orders in certain court proceedings. The Judiciary.

H1709 Child Support (Old bill, 2003-2004 session)


Text of H1709

An Act Relative To Child Support

By Mr. Mariano of Quincy (by request), petition of Richard Borowicz relative to child support. The Judiciary.

H2101 Visitation (Old bill, 2003-2004 session)

Text of H2101

 

An Act Relative To Child Support

By Mr. Fallon of Malden, petition of Christopher G. Fallon, David M. Torrisi, Michael E. Festa and Arthur J. Broadhurst for legislation to preserve the best interest of minor children for out-of-state visitation rights with non-custodial parents. The Judiciary.

 


Anti-Dad Legislation

Massachusetts Senate Bills

*** This information to be updated ***

Massachusetts House Bills

'Primary Caretaker' standard (Old bill, 2003-2004 session)


Text of H1130

An Act Further Defining The Best Interests Of The Child

By Ms. Donovan of Woburn, petition of Carol A. Donovan and other members of the General Court that courts be directed to consider the best interest of children in custody proceedings. The Judiciary.

 


History of Past Abuse Prevention Reform bills (**Not submitted in current session**)

209A Reform Bill - short version

An Act Relative To Abuse Prevention

Presented by: Senator Michael W Morrissey. Petition filed at the request of Albert Ashmanskas for legislation relative to abuse prevention orders.

01/03/01 S Referred to the committee on The Judiciary.

Text of S952

S953  209A Reform Bill - long version

An Act Relative To Reform Of Abuse Prevention Law

Presented by: Senator Michael W. Morrissey. Petition filed at the request of Albert Ashmanskas for legislation to reform abuse prevention orders.

01/03/01 S Referred to the committee on The Judiciary.

Text of S953

209A Reform - At a Glance

209A Reform Bill (long version)

    209A Reform Bill with old text

    Summary and synopsis of 209A Reform Bill

Short version [209A Accountability and Responsibility Act]

    Short version with old text

    Summary and synopsis of short 209A Reform Bill


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