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What are some qualifications for divorce in Virginia?

When you decide to get a divorce, several questions might come up. Some of these questions might have to do with various divorce laws. Getting answers to the questions you have can help you to better understand your responsibilities and your rights during and after the divorce.

What are reasons to divorce in Virginia?

Virginia is a no-fault divorce state, which means that you don't have to prove that your spouse did anything wrong. Because you can file for a no-fault divorce, you don't have to worry about going through the hassle of collecting evidence of things your spouse did to cause you to want a divorce.

How long does divorce take in Virginia?

In order for a divorce decree to be issued, you and your spouse have to live apart for six months to a year. If you and your spouse can negotiate the terms of your divorce, including property division, and don't have any minor children, you must live apart for six months. If you have minor children or can't come to an agreement, you have to live apart for a year.

What are the residency requirements?

There is a six-month residency requirement in Virginia. This means that either your spouse has to have lived in and been a resident of Virginia for six months in order to divorce. This residency requirement must be met prior to filing the divorce petition.

Going through a divorce is difficult, especially when there is property to divide and children to consider. If you are facing a divorce, knowing how to handle these matters in a legal manner might be perplexing. Getting help as you go through the divorce might help you to be a little less stressed out.

Source: FindLaw, "Virginia Legal Requirements for Divorce" Sep. 11, 2014

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