Public Comments for: HB856 - Child custody, visitation, and placement; best interests of the child.
Last Name: Lawson Organization: H.E.A.L. Locality: Independence

I oppose multiple bills that have made it to the house the one bill regarding Emergency Sex Offenders is the most absurd bill I have ever heard in my life. No one is going to be worried about sexual offending in a State of Emergency number one. For example Dad is on a registry and he has three children who are accepted inside without supervision while dad is kept outside in the storm or natural catastrophe. When you pass bills like this your punishing innocent children and families. What about people who committed murder or child abusers are they treated the same? You Senators and delegates got this wrong and this is harmful to innocent families and children. Now let's talk about the 13,000 children on Sex Offender Registries in Virginia some as young as 7 years of age so Mom , Dad and entire family is allowed in but the child is made to stand outside during a castophre alone and sacred while his or her family are allowed inside these laws are based off fear and gives a false sense of security to the general public. Sex Offense is to broad, urination in public is a registable offense as a Violent Sex Offender, Reprorting a Sex Crime will land you on a Violent Sex Offender Registry such is my sistuation. Please reconsider the harm the harm of this bill

Last Name: McCoy Locality: Chesterfield

Comments Document

Members of the House of Delegates Courts of Justice - Subcommittee #2, I request that you vote "No" regarding HB 856. This measure requires more detailed verbiage and, in turn, professional assessment for a child attachment determination. It has been my observation that numerous factors, including domestic abuse, must be taken into consideration. More importantly, before consideration, coercive control must be implemented in family court with consideration about children’s safety. Federal legislation passed in 2018, House Concurrent Resolution 72, outlines how professionals should be identified including a thorough vetting and reporting process.

Last Name: Hodder Locality: Chesapeake

I say no to these because for the sake of the children mental health after domestic violence/ abuse sometimes the abusive parent continues their abuse after post separation and legal abuse. The children have the right to choose what they need. In an abusive situation the judges should not turn a blind eye to it, they should protect the children since they are the future. Always believe survivors and children to tell the truth.

Last Name: Jones Locality: Richmond

I request that you vote "NO" regarding HB 856. While this bill does have good intentions for a truly attached child and parent, it does not provide any verbiage regarding who the professional is that needs to make this determination. From personal experience, an abusive parent can easily change their demeanor and treatment of a child when in the presence of a Guardian Ad Litem, friends, and family members to try to convince others of their involvement in the child's life. Of course, a child will love any positive treatment from a parent and will show more attachment to that parent at that time. Again as House Concurrent Resolution 72 states, specific professionals should be the ones to make these determinations based on a thorough reporting process regarding the workings of each family unit. I thank you for taking the time to consider my thoughts regarding these bills and I ask that you keep a child's right to a safe and healthy home at the forefront of your decisions.

Last Name: Amos Locality: Lynchburg

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To the members of the House of Delegates Courts of Justice - Subcommittee #2, I request that you vote "no" regarding HB 856. While this bill does have good intentions for a truly attached child and parent, it does not provide any verbiage regarding who the professional is that needs to make this determination. From personal experience, an abusive parent can easily change their demeanor and treatment of a child when in the presence of a Guardian Ad Litem, friends, and family members to try to convince others of their involvement in the child's life. Of course, a child will love any positive treatment from a parent and will show more attachment to that parent at that time. As House Concurrent Resolution 72 states, specific professionals should be the ones to make these determinations based on a thorough reporting process regarding the workings of each family unit.

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