The 5 Grounds for Divorce in Virginia

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 by Hofheimer Family Law

People decide to seek a divorce for a variety of reasons. If you’re considering ending your marriage, you should become familiar with the grounds for divorce in Virginia.

Grounds for divorce give reason to why your marriage ended. The 5 grounds for divorce in Virginia are the following:

  • If the couple has been living apart for a period of 1 year, the law will consider them separated long enough to file for divorce.
  • The separation period can be reduced to 6 months if the partners have executed a separation agreement and have no minor children.
  • For adultery (sexual relations outside of the marriage), or for sodomy or buggery.
  • In situations where one of the partners has been sentenced to a prison term of 1 year or more, and the other spouse ceased co-habiting with him or her after learning of the conviction.
  • In cases of abuse, where one spouse reasonably fears bodily harm from the other, or in cases of desertion.

If you have questions about any of the grounds for divorce in Virginia, you should speak with an experienced divorce attorney.

An attorney can advise you about the details of the grounds for divorce in Virginia and can help you understand the more complicated areas of Virginia divorce law.

Contacting a Virginia Divorce Attorney

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