Child custody or visitation; petition. (HB438)

Introduced By

Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-Oak Hill) with support from co-patron Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Petition for child custody or visitation. Provides that issues of child custody or visitation 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. The bill also provides that any person, agency, or institution authorized to inspect the case files relating to any juvenile subject to such a petition may inspect the entire case file related to the petition. The bill further requires that the court records in a case in which a single petition for multiple children has been filed be destroyed after (i) the youngest child subject to the petition has reached 19 years of age and (ii) five years have elapsed since the last hearing in the case. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101966D
01/04/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/2014Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/13/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 1-N)
01/13/2014Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/14/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB438)
01/20/2014Reported from Courts of Justice (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/2014Assigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB438)
02/05/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Appropriations