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Two types of divorce are possible in Virginia

When you are getting a divorce, there are several things that you have to consider. Some of our Virginia readers might be surprised to know that one of those considerations is the type of divorce you will file. There are two types of divorces that are recognized in Virginia: divorce from the bond of matrimony and divorce from bed and board. Each of these has specific point you must think about.

A divorce from the bond of matrimony is just what it sounds like. This type of divorce means that you are no longer married and are free to pursue another marriage when you feel the time is right. There are several grounds for a divorce from the bond of matrimony in Virginia. These include adultery, buggery (a sexual act considered to be against nature), sodomy, or the conviction of a felony. It is also possible to divorce in this manner by seeking a no-fault divorce. A no-fault divorce is sometimes called a separation divorce because it requires a period of separation from six months to a year, depending on the circumstances surrounding the couple.

A divorce from bed and board is a partial divorce where the couple is legally separated, but aren't able to remarry. In this case, one spouse is able to petition the court for a divorce from the bond of matrimony after a year. A divorce from bed and board is possible if there is a reasonable apprehension of bodily harm, cruelty, desertion, or abandonment.

When you are seeking a divorce, ensuring that you seek the one that is best suited for your case is vital. If you are unsure of which kind you should seek, you should get your questions answered by an experienced Virginia family law attorney.

Source: Virginia State Bar, "Divorce in Virginia" accessed Feb. 05, 2015

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