The South Carolina House passed a bill this week that could take the family court system in a new direction.
Rep. Mike Pitts (R-Laurens) says, if the Senate agrees and the measure becomes law, it would change the way child custody cases are conducted in family court by putting a greater emphasis on the well-being of children. In a recent interview with Greenwood affiliate WLMA, Pitts said the legislation would help relieve some of the congestion in the family court system.
He says the measure would compel parents involved in a marital dispute or divorce to compose a comprehensive plan for raising children. Pitts emphasizes that he wants to make sure that steps are taken to make it feasible for a child or children caught in the middle of a marriage dispute or divorce to ultimately experience quality time with both parents.
Pitts says he feels good about the legislation because he made sure to get the input of people from many walks of life and of varying expertise as he was composing the bill. He says he considers his bill landmark legislation because the last time the state made a change in the way things are done in family court was over 50 years ago.
The bill passed the House unanimously on Wednesday.
AUDIO: Pitts says his primary concern is the welfare of the child (2:42)
Anne Eller, WLMA Greenwood, contributed to the story.