Foreign service officers of U.S.; provides certain requirements in suits for divorce and annulment. (SB808)

Introduced By

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Foreign service officers. Provides that any foreign service officer of the United States who (i) at the time the suit for annulment or divorce is commenced is stationed in any territory or foreign country and (ii) was domiciled in the Commonwealth for the six-month period immediately preceding his being stationed in such territory or country, shall be deemed to have been domiciled in and to have been a bona fide resident of the Commonwealth during the six months preceding commencement of a suit for annulment or divorce. The bill also expands the list of when personal jurisdiction of a person may be exercised to include a cause of action arising from a person having executed an agreement in the Commonwealth which obligates the person to pay spousal support or child support to a person who has satisfied the residency requirements in suits for annulments or divorce for foreign service officers of the United States. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


10/28/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09
10/28/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 091402304
10/28/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/14/2009Rules suspended (40-Y 0-N)
01/21/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2009Read second time
01/26/2009Reading of amendment waived
01/26/2009Committee amendment agreed to
01/26/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended
01/26/2009Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2009Passed by for the day
01/27/2009Read second time
01/27/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended SB808E
01/27/2009Printed as engrossed 091402304-E
01/28/2009Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Placed on Calendar
02/05/2009Read first time
02/05/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/16/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
02/18/2009Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Read second time
02/23/2009Passed by for the day
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB808ER)
02/28/2009Signed by President
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 582 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0582)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 52 seconds.