House Bill 1639

While PA HB 463 brings joining physical custody into effect, HB 1639 goes much further by safegarding non-custodial parents on the following issues:

1) Relocation issues - now the moving parent must prove the burdon of the move to be in the best interest of the children. No longer can a custodial parent move without just giving a 30 day notice to the non-custodial parent.

2) Grandparents rights - protects grandparents rights to see their grandchildren in case their own son/daughter is no longer around.  It was until this point that grandparents would only see thier grandchildren when their son/daughter would have them on their time.

3) Contemptable issues - making the offending parent more accountable for issues breeched from within a custody agreement.

4) Domestic Violence - placed as the 2nd leading criteria in determining the primary custodial parent when joint physical custody may not be in the best interest.

To read more about this bill online - click here 

9.23.2010 - More Progress with HB 1639 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


As reported yesterday on PAFACE.ORG - HB 1639 has made it out of Judiciary committee.  Today it has been learned that its now in the Appropriations committee  (Thank you Robin Gilchrist - for the information).  This is great news for the progress of a new child parenting bill.  Stay tuned here for more breaking news when it happens on HB 1639.





HB 1639 has gone out of the Judiciary Committee on 9.21.2010 for its 'first consideration' in the State Senate .   Great news as a new child parenting bill is moving forward more than any other in the past legislative sessions.  Please stay tuned to PAFACE.ORG as the 'revised' bill will be read and broken down on the link HB1639 to the left.  We will let you know when it has been analyzed !!!

Thanks to Robin Gilchrist of PAFACE and F4JPA for this exciting news this morning!


6.14.2010 - HOUSE BILL 1639 moves to the State Senate with unanimous vote in the house today.  Pa is one step closer to laws that will make both parents equal.  Here is what the Associated Press (AP) has reported:


The House voted unanimously in favor of a set of changes to Pennsylvania's child custody procedures. The prime sponsor, Rep. Kathy Manderino, D-Philadelphia, said the goal was to make the process fairer and would prevent judges from assuming that one parent or the other should get custody, based on their gender. Courts would have to factor in, among other things, the likelihood of maintaining frequent contact with the other parent, stability and continuity for the child's schooling and community life and access to other family members. Judges, for the first time, would have to explain their custody decisions. "In most cases, even when parents are divorced or separated, it is best for the child if both parents remain deeply involved in caring for and raising the child," Manderino said. The measure was sent to the Senate. (House Bill 1639)


Update 6.9.2010 - Bill passes the house.

The House has passed the bill 193-0 in favor.  Stay tuned for more details when this goes to the Senate floor.


Update 5.4.2010 - GREAT NEWS - House Judiciary Committee Votes Unanimously on HB1639. 

The Committee voted today 26-0 in favor to "report the bill as amended" and 26-0 in favor to "adopt the amendment"

To see the votes for each stage:

Click here for the "Report the Bill as amended" voting results

Click here for the "Adopt the Amendment" voting results


UPDATE - House Judiciary Committee Votes on Child Custody Legislation - as of April 20, 2010, 10:47 am

The House Judiciary Committee met today to consider several bills. Before the full committee met, the committee’s Subcommittee on Family Law held a voting meeting on HB 1639, a compromise child custody bill that resulted from a marathon hearing in February. The bill was reported to the full committee unanimously, with a vote expected in committee in two weeks. The full committee reported out the following bills: HB 190, HB 387, SB 1044, and SB 1074.