Within Virginia, the circuit courts have jurisdiction to hear divorce cases.
Generally, the circuit court with jurisdiction for your case is the circuit court in the county where you live or the circuit court in the county where your spouse lives.
Either party that is granted a divorce from bed and board may ask the Court to “merge” the decree into a divorce from the bonds of matrimony after at least one year from the date of separation.
In Virginia, you must have a ground or grounds for divorce and the party seeking the divorce must prove the ground(s) to the Court.
from the date of such act; lived separate lives without cohabitation and without interruption for one year.
No Fault Divorce Laws Virginia, like many other states, has amended its divorce law to include what is known as a “no fault” divorce.
It is important to understand that by representing yourself, you may be giving up important rights.
It is very important for you to find out if your spouse has a pension, retirement account, insurance or other significant property before you decide whether to file your own divorce.
In addition, in some states the new relationship may be considered in the division of property or alimony determinations, so the dating spouse may not get as much as they want out of the divorce depending on the new partner's financial circumstances.
This is especially true if the dating spouse begins cohabitating with their new partner during the divorce process.
Virginia's divorce laws govern how, and under which circumstances, a married couple may get divorced in the state.
Most states require some amount of residency prior to a divorce, and all states allow some form of "no fault" grounds for divorce.
Under Virginia Law, you have the right to represent yourself in all legal cases, including divorce.