Saturday, July 10, 2010

Getting a Divorce in VA Tips


If you plan on getting a divorce in VA, there are a few things you'll need to know about the process. By taking the time to learn what is needed, you can save yourself a lot of trouble down the road. Below, we'll discuss some tips for getting divorced in Virginia.

There are two types of divorce; contested and uncontested. If your divorce is contested, it means that your spouse does not want to get a divorce, and will most likely end up fighting you in court. If your divorce is uncontested, it means your spouse agrees and also wants to get divorced. In Virginia, with an uncontested divorce, you'll need an agreement of separation signed by both you and your spouse.

A permanent divorce in Virginia is called a "divorce a vinculo matrimonii," or 'from the bonds of marriage.' You'll need solid grounds to get the divorce, and in Virginia those grounds consist of adultery, felony conviction, cruelty, abandonment, or voluntary separation. For a voluntary separation, the time is six months with a written agreement and no children.

If there are children, the time will be closer to a year. If the divorce is uncontested, this will go a lot more smoothly. Most of the time, the grounds for divorce is voluntary separation. With another type of grounds, you may be required to submit proof to the judge. For instance, with a felony conviction, court papers or arrest reports would most likely suffice. However, with grounds like adultery, the evidence may be a little trickier to obtain. Speaking with an attorney can help you in this area.  It's important to speak to a divorce attorney in Virginia to be sure that your rights are covered and that your best interests are being taken into consideration.

3 comments:

Liaise said...

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