Virginia Legal Separation

If you’re wondering whether it’s possible to save your marriage or it’s really just time to end it, you’ve probably already given some thought to a Virginia legal separation. Separation, after all, doesn’t officially mean things are ending, but it does mean that both you and your husband can take some time to really think…

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Second Saturday Divorce Seminar Update: What Every Virginia Woman Needs to Know About Divorce

We have been teaching our Second Saturday seminars in Virginia for nearly 25 years (though, of course, it wasn’t me personally!), because we feel like it’s important to give women who are considering a divorce or separation the facts they need to make the decisions they have to start making. The law is a tricky…

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What to expect when you’re divorcing: 5 key things

If you’ve never been divorced before (and even if you have), you’re probably wondering what to expect. You’re probably a little terrified about what you might find out, and you’re probably also wondering whether there is anything at all that you could possibly do to prepare yourself for what the next year or more of…

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How to legally separate in Virginia

Divorce law is one of those areas of law that is very state specific, so it’s hard to know when you go from state to state whether things will be similar or very, very different. It can go either way, so it’s definitely best to check up on the specific laws that apply to whatever…

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5 Tips to Prepare Financially for your Virginia Divorce

Most married people share joint banking accounts, car insurance policies, credit cards, mortgages, investments, loans, lines of credit, and more. Paychecks are normally deposited into joint accounts, and then split to meet the family’s needs that particular month. Mortgages, rent, utilities, childcare costs, gas and groceries usually come out of the marital account, and no…

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When am I separated in Virginia and what does it mean?

When you and your husband stop “cohabitating” (living together as husband and wife) and make the decision to end your marriage, you have separated. What it means to be separated is something that differs from state to state, so this definition may be different if you live in another state, but, in Virginia, this is…

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Is it okay if we separate in the same home?

In Virginia, one of the requirements to qualify for a no-fault divorce is having lived separate and apart from your husband for a period of one year, if you have minor children, or six months, if you don’t have minor children. Living separate and apart doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to live in separate…

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Can we really live separate and apart in the same home before our divorce?

If you’re really careful, it may be possible to live separate and apart in the same home before getting divorced in Virginia. The statute only provides that the two of you live separate and apart, without cohabitation and without interruption, for a period of one year (or six months if you don’t have any minor…

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Together, but Separate: How to live separate and apart in the same home before divorce

Many judges today recognize the necessity for some couples to live separately in the same home. The statute only provides that the parties have to live "separate and apart without interruption and without cohabitation" for a period of one year (or six months if there are no minor children)–there's no requirement that the separation must…

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Let’s Get Back Together! Virginia Separation Laws and Reuniting

You should be familiar with Virginia separation laws if you’re considering divorce. Separation sometimes can be emotionally complicated, and some couples may have questions about what types of behavior would void a separation. Voiding a Separation? Investigate Why You Want to Reunite First off, it’s important to know the basic rules of separation. Virginia separation…

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