Visitation; petition of grandparent for visitation of child. (SB571)

Introduced By

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) with support from co-patron Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Visitation; petition of grandparent. Requires the court, in petitions for visitation filed by the grandparent of a child where either (i) the parent is the grandparent's child and is deceased, incarcerated, or incapacitated, or has had is parental rights terminated or (ii) the grandparent has an established relationship with the child and has provided a significant level of care for the child, to consider the following factors: (i) the historical relationship between the grandparent and child; (ii) the motivation of the grandparent in seeking visitation; (iii) the motivation of the living parent in denying visitation to the grandparent; (iv) the quantity of time requested and the effect it will have on the child's daily activities; and (v) the benefits of maintaining a relationship with the extended family of the deceased parent. Read the Bill »


02/21/2020: In Subcommittee


01/07/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102568D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/29/2020Reported from Judiciary (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Passed by for the day
02/04/2020Floor substitute printed 20107538D-S1 (Morrissey)
02/04/2020Floor substitute printed 20107576D-S2 (Edwards)
02/04/2020Passed by for the day
02/05/2020Floor substitute printed 20107369D-S3 (Dunnavant)
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Substitute by Senator Morrissey withdrawn 20107538D-S1
02/05/2020Substitute by Senator Edwards withdrawn 20107576D-S2
02/05/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2020Substitute by Senator Dunnavant agreed to 20107369D-S3
02/05/2020Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB571S3
02/06/2020Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Placed on Calendar
02/12/2020Read first time
02/12/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/21/2020Assigned Courts sub: Civil

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