According to the State Journal-Register, a bill aimed at increasing the minimum amount of parenting time judges must award to non-custodial parents is headed to the House floor, but its ultimate fate is uncertain.
The bill, HB5425, passed the House Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon by a 9-3 vote, but its sponsor, Rep. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park), said he would be willing to hold off on calling the legislation for a vote to see what happens with a family law omnibus bill sponsored by Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Oak Lawn).
Cabello’s bill would give parents going through a divorce 90 days to agree to their own parenting plan before the court gets involved, at which point the judge must award at least 35 percent of parenting time a week to the non-custodial parent if that parent is declared fit.
Proponents say the bill will cut down on long, contentious child custody battles in a court system that’s built around conflict.
Below is a video discussing support of the bill: