Child custody, etc.; single petition may be filed in juvenile & domestic relations district court. (HB1807)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Petitions for child support, custody, or visitation. Clarifies that issues of support, custody, and visitation for a child may be included in a single petition in juvenile and domestic relations district court, and that such issues may be included in a single petition involving two or more children if such children have the same parents or legal guardians. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100198D
01/11/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2011Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/17/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 2-N)
01/19/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2011Read first time
01/24/2011Read second time
01/24/2011Committee amendments agreed to
01/24/2011Engrossed by House as amended HB1807E
01/24/2011Printed as engrossed 11100198D-E
01/25/2011Passed by for the day
01/26/2011Read third time
01/26/2011Passed by for the day
01/27/2011Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
01/27/2011Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/02/2011Subcommittee recommends passing by with letter
02/08/2011Left in Courts of Justice


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 1 minute.


Paul A. Prados, Attorney at Law, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This is a common sense solution to a logistical hassle facing litigants in almost every custody case brought in Virginia J&DR courts. Currently to handle custody, visitation, and child support in the same trial one must file three petitions and track three case numbers throughout what is essentially one case.