(LANSING) – A southwest Michigan lawmaker has introduced measures to streamline court proceedings involving child support cases.
State Representative Ken Kurtz of Coldwater, Chairman of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee, has introduced a package that consists of nearly 25 bills, that will help the custodial parent better provide for their child. Kurtz says the bills will help child support hearings and collection work more efficiently.
Included in the reforms are bills to allow prosecuting attorneys and friends of the court to consolidate all child support function in one local agency, provide for a quicker method to establish paternity relying on science instead of lawsuits, authorizes a court to consider the best interest of a child when determining if it should revoke the paternity of a father, and provides courts with an option for special dockets to monitor individuals who are in contempt and have certain disabling conditions that make them a risk to violate a child support order.
The first phase of legislation, has been referred to the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.