Joint legal, joint physical, or sole child custody; court shall consider and may award. (HB1351)

Introduced By

Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Joint legal or physical child custody. Provides that the court shall consider and may award joint legal, joint physical, or sole custody of a child and there shall be no presumption in favor of any such form of custody. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104543D
01/11/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/22/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/29/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Committee substitute printed 18105759D-H1
01/31/2018Read first time
02/01/2018Read second time
02/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18105759D-H1
02/01/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1351H1
02/02/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/02/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/26/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Committee substitute printed 18107649D-S1
02/27/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Passed by for the day
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107649D-S1
03/01/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1351S1
03/01/2018Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Placed on Calendar
03/05/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107649D-S1 (1-Y 96-N 1-A)
03/05/2018VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 96-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2018House acceded to request
03/07/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2018Delegates: Davis, Collins, Hope
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Stuart, Obenshain, Deeds
03/09/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/09/2018Conference substitute printed 18108218D-H2
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
03/09/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1351ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/09/2018Governor's recommendation received by House
04/18/2018Speaker ruled Governor's recommendation not germane
04/18/2018Communicated to Governor
05/03/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, May 18, 2018
05/18/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 857 (effective 7/1/18)
05/18/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0857)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.