Guardian ad litem; standards for those appointed in custody & visitation cases, certification form. (HB1241)

Introduced By

Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Standards for guardians ad litem appointed in custody and visitation cases; certification form; substitute judges in custody and visitation proceedings. The bill requires a guardian ad litem appointed in a custody or visitation case to submit to the court a form certifying that he has complied with all applicable standards. The bill directs the Judicial Council of Virginia, in conjunction with the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association, to promulgate such a form by July 1, 2017. The bill prohibits a substitute judge from presiding over any custody, visitation, or support proceeding held in a juvenile and domestic relations district court. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2016Presented and ordered printed 16104020D
01/19/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2016Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/01/2016Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2017
02/03/2016Continued to 2017 in Courts of Justice
12/01/2016Left in Courts of Justice


Kathy Pendergraph writes:

This bill could help many children receive better court outcomes and suffer less trauma.