How do I file for divorce in Prince William County Virginia?

How do I file for divorce in Prince William County Virginia?

Divorce suits are filed in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Civil Office, room 314. To obtain a divorce in Virginia, you or your spouse must be a resident of Virginia for a minimum of six months prior to filing for a divorce, Virginia Code § 20-97.

How long does divorce take in VA?

Uncontested divorces usually take two to three months, after filing in our experience, and contested divorces can take up to eighteen months. D If you have gone through a contested divorce, and if there is no appeal, your divorce will be final thirty days after the judge signs the final decree.

Are cell phones allowed in Prince William County Court?

There is no cellphone-specific restriction, although the specific prohibition in Prince William County is that no devices that can take photographs are allowed.

WHAT IS A vs 4 form?

By Ann Drake, Paralegal / Legal Assistant Once completed, the VS-4 form is endorsed either by the party filing for divorce or that party’s attorney. This form is used as a report of divorce or annulment for the Department of Health-Division of Vital Records in Richmond, Virginia.

Is Sexting considered adultery in Virginia?

In Virginia, adultery is defined as “sexual intercourse” (which includes oral and anal sex) with a person other than one’s spouse. It isn’t hugging or kissing, or holding hands, or sexting each other. In order to prove adultery, you must provide the Court with “clear and convincing evidence.” That is a high bar.

Is it a crime to cheat on your spouse in Virginia?

In Virginia, adultery is defined as the act of sexual intercourse by a married person with any person who is not their spouse. It is also illegal, a Class 4 misdemeanor according to Virginia Code § 18.2-365.

Where can I get divorce advice in Virginia?

State law prohibits Court personnel from giving you legal advice or assistance. Before you file for divorce, you may wish to review the appropriate divorce laws in the Code of Virginia. The Code of Virginia books are located in the Fairfax Public Law Library at the Fairfax County Courthouse and at Regional and Community Library locations.

What are the legal grounds for divorce in Virginia?

(Virginia Code section 20-97.) In your Complaint for Divorce you must allege specific grounds upon which a divorce may be granted. The two most common grounds are no-fault divorces based upon either a six- month separation or a one-year separation.

Where to find Fairfax Circuit Court divorce brochure?

FBA-H-53 Pro Se Divorce Brochure5 Updated December 2015 (Created by Fairfax Bar Association) B. INITIAL FEES Please visit the court’s website at: to determine the filing fees.

How to prepare for a pro se divorce?

Write out the steps you need to take and mark them in both your calendar and your litigation book. If your case is relatively simple, if you have the right resources, if you’re well-prepared and organized, and if you know when to use a lawyer for advice along the way, you might be a good candidate for pro se representation.