Getting a Divorce in Virginia Without Spouse’s Consent

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 by Hofheimer Family Law

There are many laws regarding divorce in Virginia. But filing for divorce without your spouse’s consent was nearly impossible in the past. However, family laws have changed, making things much easier. Here are some things you need to know about divorce and consent laws.

There are many states, including Virginia, that allow what is called a no-fault divorce.
This means that “irreconcilable differences” may be used as a legitimate reason for divorce, and you do not have to state anything more definitive. If one spouse does not want to get a divorce, a no-fault divorce makes it easier to get a divorce, and the spouse’s consent will not be required.

However, you could still run into complications, so you should contact a Virginia divorce lawyer for help. In most states, one person can initiate the process of divorce and serve the other spouse the papers. Even without your spouse’s consent, you have the right to file whenever you are ready. Understand, though, that your spouse could still delay the process.

Contact a Virginia Divorce Law Firm for Women

If you have questions about the laws regarding filing for a divorce in Virginia, contact the law office of Hofheimer Family Law Firm today. We are a firm of experienced divorce attorneys who can help with your divorce. Contact us at 1-757-425-5200. You can also request one of our FREE divorce guides for women, or reserve your seat at our monthly divorce seminar