Divorce Overview

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Caring Virginia Divorce Attorneys

Our Divorce “e-booklet” links below summarize the most important aspects of the law of divorce in Virginia. They (boldly) attempt to cover general, specific, practical, philosophical and social aspects of the process of divorce. This booklet is reasonably accurate as to the law it presents as of the date it was last edited. The law, however, is always subject to amendment by the legislature, to reinterpretation by the courts, and to different application by different judges. Additionally, factual variations from case to case make application of certain legal principles sometimes very challenging. Before acting on what you have read in this pamphlet, talk to an attorney first (See Warning Below).

This booklet is broad ranged. It covers many topics and describes many things. Some will apply in your case and some will not. Some of you are reading this booklet for educational purposes only, and some for the entertainment value. However, for those actively in the process of divorce, knowing something about the general issues in a divorce will help you to avoid some problems and to deal better with others. However, this booklet does not and cannot cover all of the issues, laws, or rules involved. It is a guide – and nothing more.

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bigstock_Divorce_Decree_6152375Beware! The style of this booklet is conversational and anecdotal. It contains many “real life” examples that may perfectly (even if unflatteringly) describe your situation. At some places it may be offensive to you (or your spouse). Remember, this piece was written before we knew you, and was written to keep and hold your attention. So please don’t take anything herein personally (unless the shoe fits. . . .).

The booklet is presented in two parts. “Types” and “Process”. It is best read “cover to cover.” However, knowing how ‘net users’ like to jump around, we provide an outline of the covered topics when you first click on a link below. Click those portions that interest you most, or you can read the whole thing.

Types Of & Grounds For Divorce

Click the link above link read about these subjects:

  • Fault vs. No-Fault
  • Contested vs. Uncontested
  • Military
  • “a Mensa” vs. “a Vinculo”
  • Annulment
  • Separate Maintenance
  • “Legal Separation”
  • The “Simple” Divorce Process
  • Separation Agreement

The Divorce Process

Click the link above to read about these subjects:

  • Residence Requirements
  • Venue
  • The “Complaint”
  • Service of Process
  • Discovery
  • Negotiations / Undeniable Truths in Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Final Decree
  • Spousal Support and Division of Propery