Divorce Law Basics in the State of Virginia
Also See: Virginia Marriage Laws
Statute: Virginia State Divorce Code (Title 20, Chapter 6): leg1.state.va.us
- Living separately without cohabitation for at least one year
- Living separately without cohabitation for at least six months with a legal separation agreement and without children
- Conviction of a felony subsequent to the marriage and sentenced to confinement for one year or more
- Cruelty or willful desertion or abandonment for at least one year
Residency: Either party must be a resident of the county at the time of filing
Counseling Requirements: The court may require the parties to attend an educational seminar when a child is involved.
Property Distribution: Virginia relies on “equitable distribution” so the court will distribute the marital property “in an equitable manner if the parties can’t agree on their own. Separate property (property acquired prior to the marriage, as a gift or through inheritance) is not included in property distribution. Fault may be considered.
Alimony: Alimony may be awarded to either party at the discretion of the court. Fault may be considered.