If you’re facing a Virginia divorce, you may be wondering if living together while separated is an option for you. The answer varies from couple to couple. In general, the courts don’t look kindly on in-home separation, but in some cases it may be allowed.
Virginia requires that a couple be separated for 6 months to 1 year before being granted a divorce and normally the couple lives at separate addresses during this period; however, in some cases, the court may accept a couple being separated but are living in the same house.
There are very detailed guidelines for living together while separated. This is necessary to make sure the separation is genuine.
The couple needs to prove to the court that they’re living their lives as 2 single people rather than as a married unit including:
- ceasing sexual intimacy;
- getting separate bank accounts;
- no longer sharing meals; and
- many other stipulations.
It’s also important that the couple no longer present themselves as a married couple to their friends, family and community. They need to be up-front about their separated status.
When you’re considering Virginia divorce, you should take time to look at all your options and discuss them with your divorce attorney. Doing so can give you a better picture of what lies ahead for you and make better educated decisions.
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