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Separate trial for custody issue   

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(a) If custody of a minor child is the sole contested issue, the case shall be given preference over other civil cases, except matters to which special precedence may be given by law, for assigning a trial date and shall be given an early hearing.

(b) If there is more than one contested issue and one of the issues is the custody of a minor child, the court, as to the issue of custody, shall order a separate trial. The separate trial shall be given preference over other civil cases, except matters to which special precedence may be given by law, for assigning a trial date.

(Added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 162, Sec. 10. Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 219, Sec. 116.14.)