Marital debts; equitable distribution. (HB1569)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Cleaveland (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Equitable distribution; marital debts.  Provides that for purposes of equitable distribution in divorce actions, the court is required to classify debts of the parties as either marital or separate. The bill defines what constitutes a marital debt and a separate debt for purposes of classification and establishes how a party may rebut such a classification. This bill is in response to the Virginia Supreme Court's decision in Gilliam v. McGrady, 279 Va. 703, 691 S.E.2d 797 (2010). Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100953D
01/05/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2011Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/12/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting (11-Y 0-N)
01/19/2011Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2011Read first time
01/24/2011Read second time and engrossed
01/25/2011Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/25/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/04/2011Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/14/2011Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2011Read third time
02/16/2011Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1569ER)
02/22/2011Signed by Speaker
02/23/2011Signed by President
03/26/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 655 (effective 7/1/11)
03/26/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0655)


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 55 seconds.