The Non-Parental Child Custody and Visitation Act drafting committee met for a fifth time on March 24-25, 2017, in Washington, DC. This was our second drafting meeting since the first reading last summer at the ULC Annual Meeting in Stowe, Vermont. The committee continues to focus on concerns raised on the floor, and has decided to: 1) delete the concept of de facto parenting, and 2) limit the act to suits filed by non-parents who have either acted as “consistent caretakers” or have had “substantial contact with the child and denial of contact would present a detriment” to the child. One of the committee’s primary challenges has been to provide a structure that would allow non-parents who have not had actual care, custody and control of a child to seek court-ordered access without violating Troxel. We continue to make progress on these issues, and look forward to further comment from the floor this summer in San Diego.
Debra Lehrmann, Chair
Drafting Committee on Non-Parental Child Custody and Visitation Act