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Legislature may change custody law

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A bill close to passing the state legislature would require judges to consider how to maximize a parent's involvement in a child's life when making custody decisions. Although not the only factor to be considered, legal experts say the call for "maximum participation" could lead some judges to increase visitation time or divide custody 50-50 more often.

The bill, which has already passed in the House, is set to be heard on the Senate floor Wednesday.

The proposed law says courts still have to consider what is in the child's best interest, how far the parents live from one another and the child's need for stability.

The bill, if it passes, would only apply to new custody orders going forward. Parents under older court orders would have to show a significant change in circumstances to change their custody schedules.

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