Custody and visitation cases; court may order confidential parental mental health records. (SB569)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Custody and visitation; mental health records. Provides that in custody or visitation cases the court may order, for good cause shown, disclosure of otherwise privileged and confidential mental health records concerning a parent. Using the same standard, the court may order the mental health care provider to testify on behalf of or against a parent or adult relative of the parent. The current law does not apply to mental health providers conducting an independent mental health evaluation pursuant to a court order, this bill includes a child's therapist and a co-parenting counselor to that exception. This bill is a recommendation of the Boyd-Graves Conference. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 061193772
01/11/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/2006Continued to 2007 in Courts of Justice (10-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)