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File #: 15-382    Version: 1
Type: Other Proposal Status: Passed
File created: 9/24/2015 In control: Judicial Council
On agenda: 10/27/2015 Final action: 10/27/2015
Title: Family and Juvenile Law: Juvenile Court Final Child Custody Orders (Action Required)
Attachments: 1. 20151027itemA18
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Family and Juvenile Law: Juvenile Court Final Child Custody Orders (Action Required)

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Summary
Summary
The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends amending four rules of court to clarify the procedures and requirements that apply when the juvenile court terminates its jurisdiction over a child and returns custody of the child to one or more parents. The committee also recommends revising two mandatory Judicial Council forms and approving one optional form to allow the juvenile court to include sufficient information about the circumstances underlying its custody order for the family court in which a request for the order's modification or termination is made to determine whether a significant change of circumstances has occurred and, if so, whether the requested modification is in the best interest of the child. The amendments and revisions also update references to current statutes and rules, incorporate gender-neutral language consistent with Assembly Bill 1403 (Stats. 2013, ch. 510) when appropriate, conform to recent case law, and maintain consistency with recent and recommended revisions to the Judicial Council forms for family court custody orders.

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Recommendation
Recommendation
The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends that the Judicial Council, effective January 1, 2016, amend four rules of court, revise two Judicial Council forms, and approve one Judicial Council form for optional use, as follows:
1. Amend rule 5.475 to more clearly and accurately describe the statutory duties of a superior court clerk who receives a final custody order transmitted from the juvenile court and to make technical changes;
2. Amend rule 5.620(a) to specify the juvenile court's exclusive jurisdiction, under section 304, to establish a guardianship after a dependency petition is filed until the petition is dismissed or jurisdiction is terminated, and to make technical changes;
3. Amend rule 5.620(c) to di...

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