Custody and visitation cases; court may order confidential parental mental health records. (SB737)

Introduced By

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Admissibility of mental health care records in custody and visitation cases. Repeals the current law which provides that in any case in which custody or visitation of a child is at issue, the mental health records concerning a parent shall be privileged and confidential and the mental health care provider may not be required to testify on behalf of or against a parent or any of the parent's adult relatives. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


10/11/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 070001720
10/11/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/24/2007Reconsidered by Courts of Justice


Alison Hymes writes:

Thank you to the 7 Senators who voted against this bill in committee. Thank you for protecting the civil rights of anyone who has ever sought counseling or therapy to not have that used against them in court. I don't understand how someone who professes to care about the well being of people with psychiatric labels with his commitment bills could put forward a bill that would discourage people from seeking or continuing in treatment for fear of losing their children. But thank you to those who didn't let prejudice rule the day.