Visitation; petition of grandparent. (SB1325)

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. Allows a grandparent who has petitioned the court for visitation of a minor grandchild, in cases where the parent of the minor grandchild is deceased or incapacitated, to introduce evidence of such deceased or incapacitated parent's consent to visitation with the grandparent. The bill provides that if the parent's consent is proven by a preponderance of the evidence, the court may then determine if grandparent visitation is in the best interest of the minor grandchild. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102917D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/27/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2021Reported from Judiciary with substitute (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Committee substitute printed 21103796D-S1
01/29/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Read second time
02/01/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/01/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103796D-S1
02/01/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1325S1
02/02/2021Read third time and passed Senate (35-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice
02/11/2021Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/12/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/12/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/16/2021Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/17/2021Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/17/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Committee substitute printed 21200181D-H1
02/19/2021Read second time
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200181D-H1
02/22/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1325H1
02/22/2021Passed House with substitute (98-Y 1-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Passage (98-Y 1-N)
02/23/2021House substitute agreed to by Senate (37-Y 2-N)
02/23/2021Title replaced 21200181D-H1
02/25/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1325ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 253 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0253)

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