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Each law description in this summary includes the following information:
Name of Bill (Assembly bill # and sponsor name/Senate bill # and sponsor name)
Brief description of the bill.
Signed: year the bill was signed into law and the Chapter # (a number assigned to all new laws, by year)
Effective: date the new law went into effect
Amends: what sections (§§) of NYS law the bill amended
Domestic Violence/Custody Factor (A.2446-C Weinstein/S.7403-B Saland)
Amends the Family Court Act and Domestic Relations Law, requiring judges to consider the effect of domestic violence in assessing the best interests of a child, or children, when making custody and visitation determinations.
Signed: 1996 Chapter 85
Effective: September 28, 1999
Amends: Domestic Relations Law §240(1)
Family Court Act §§447(a); 467(c); 549(1); 651; 652(c)