- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An effort to address complaints from parents involved in contentious child custody cases has cleared the Connecticut House.

The House voted 129-0 on Friday. The bill had already cleared the Senate. It goes to the governor, who’s likely to sign it into law.

Senate Judiciary Committee co-chairman Sen. Eric Coleman calls the legislation a “significant step forward” in improving the state’s family court system.

Some parents say the fees for guardians ad litem appointed by the judges to represent the interests of their children have wiped out their bank accounts. Sen. John Kissel says the system appears to be “incestuous,” with cases generating bills in the thousands of dollars.

The legislation allows families to choose from a list of qualified guardians and requires their scope of work and fees to be spelled out.

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