Parental rights and third-party custody and visitation awards; Bar Association to study current law. (HJ607)

Introduced By

Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; parental rights and third-party custody and visitation awards; report. Requests the Virginia Bar Association to study Virginia's current law regarding the ability of third parties to seek custody of and visitation rights with other parents' children in relation to the parents' constitutional rights to direct the upbringing of their children. Read the Bill »


02/14/2013: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/06/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103173D
01/06/2013Referred to Committee on Rules
01/16/2013Assigned Rules sub: Studies
01/17/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 0-N)
01/31/2013Reported from Rules (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Taken up
02/04/2013Engrossed by House
02/04/2013Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/04/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Reading waived
02/05/2013Referred to Committee on Rules
02/14/2013Passed by indefinitely in Rules with letter


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 25 seconds.


sherrie morgan writes:

I am a fit parent to a child that I was forced by the court system (ie. guardian ad litem and counselor) to share custody with a former non biological parent to my child. I would like to see the Virginia Bar examine my case and why someone was allowed to use monetary pressure to force me into a shared custody arrangement with a non biological/ non adoptive person. You can contact me via email.