The spokane County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider a resolution Thursday that would give residents the option to file guardianship petitions.
If passed, the measure would allow for guardianship in a number of cases, including domestic violence cases, as well as child abuse, stalking, and stalking of a spouse.
The county also is considering a bill that would require that a guardian be present in the county for at least 60 days before a divorce is finalized.
The proposed resolution by Supervisor Joe Kranz and Supervisor Jeff Klein would allow guardianship for a spouse in cases of domestic violence, child abuse or stalking.
Kranz is seeking to make the guardianship process simpler, which would be the main focus of the resolution.
The bill also would expand the number of family court judges that can approve the filing of guardianship, and it would expand visitation rights and the time that guardians must be in the home.
The bill was drafted by Krans family law attorney, Jennifer J. Crouch.
The council is expected later this week to take up the measure.