Divorce; failure to respond by defendant. (SB60)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Divorce; service of process; failure to respond.  Provides that if a defendant fails to file an answer in a divorce suit or otherwise appear after having been served with notice of the suit, no additional notice to take depositions is required to be served on the defendant and the court may enter any order or final decree without notice to the defendant. This bill is a recommendation of the Boyd-Graves Conference. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/05/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101993D
01/05/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2012Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2012Motion to reconsider reading dispensed agreed to (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2012Read second time
01/18/2012Reading of amendment waived
01/18/2012Committee amendment agreed to
01/18/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended SB60E
01/18/2012Printed as engrossed 12101993D-E
01/19/2012Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2012Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2012Read second time
02/20/2012Read third time
02/20/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/20/2012Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/20/2012VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB60ER)
02/22/2012Signed by President
02/22/2012Signed by Speaker
03/06/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 78 (effective 7/1/12)
03/06/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0078)


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 40 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB104.