How to File For Divorce in Virginia
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HOW TO FILE FOR DIVORCE IN VIRGINIA

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STEP 1 - 2 ways to download the required Virginia divorce papers:

Option A - BLANK VIRGINIA DIVORCE PAPERS

Option B - HAVE DIVORCE PAPERS FILLED IN FOR YOU!

  • $299 Professional Service

STEP 2 - The spouses should both meet together in order to complete the following forms:

  • Financial Information Sheet
  • Child Support Guidelines & Worksheet
  • Marital Settlement Agreement
  • Divorce Petition
  • VS-4 Form
  • Civil Cover Sheet

STEP 3 - The Spouses that has decided to file for divorce (Petitioner) needs to file all the above forms with the county court clerk'' office. To find the court in your area you can see the Virginia List of Courthouses.

STEP 4 - Even though both spouses filled in the forms together, the Petitioner must still serve their spouse (Defendant) all copies of the accepted divorce forms and papers as well as the Acceptance of Service form.

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Either party must be a resident for at least 6 months.
  • The only cause for divorce is 'irreconcilable differences'

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

  • A divorce in Virginia takes a minimum of 8 months.

STEP 5 - You must get the completed Acceptance of Service form back from the Defendant and return to the court clerk'' office in order to prove that the Defendant received the copied documents.

STEP 6 - The Petitioner must now complete the following documents:

  • Final Decree of Divorce
  • Request for ore Tenus Hearing
  • Depositions in Support of Divorce From the Bond of Matrimony

The Petitioner must file the above 3 forms with the clerk'' office as well as the Marital Settlement Agreement. If the clerk accepts the divorce forms you will have fourteen (14) days to call the clerk and request a final hearing date.

STEP 7 - You and your spouse will be notified of the court hearing from the clerk. Both spouses should go to the hearing and if all the steps have been done correctly, the Judge will authorize your Final Divorce Decree. This form will be your official certificate marking the completion of your divorce. The court will either grant you and your spouse a copy of the Final Divorce Decree or it will be sent to you in the mail.

 

 

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