Understanding No-Fault Divorce

Virginia allows a couple to get divorced if they can prove they have lived apart for a certain period of time and have lived in Virginia for at least six months. A married couple with any children under the age of 18 must have lived apart for an uninterrupted period of 12 months. A married couple with no children or whose children are no longer under 18 must be able to prove they have lived separate and apart for an uninterrupted period of six months, and also have a written signed property settlement agreement. The full required period of separation must go by before either person can file with the court for divorce.

There are no fill-in-the-blank forms available at Virginia courthouses that a person can use to start the divorce process themselves. All filings for divorce must be originally prepared or typed by an attorney or the person filing for the divorce.

An Attorney Can Help, No Matter How Straightforward Your Case

Experienced divorce attorneys like those at Coates & Davenport, P.C., in Richmond can ensure that the process of getting divorced in Virginia on a no-fault basis proceeds to completion without delay, although it is possible for a person to get a no-fault divorce in Virginia on their own (a pro se basis).

Our attorneys are experienced in representing divorce clients from the simplest uncontested and no-fault divorces to those that are contested and present complicated issues like the equitable distribution of property and debts, issues of spousal support and child support as well as high conflict cases involving custody of children.

Get In Touch With Us Today

Clients of Coates & Davenport, P.C., receive individual attention to the special needs of their case and their family from our attorneys. Although uncontested, no-fault divorce cases are handled on an hourly fee basis, our attorneys can provide you with an estimate for our fees and costs to help you accomplish your goal of being divorced.

Contact one of the experienced divorce and family law attorneys at Coates & Davenport, P.C., to find out what we can do to help you get your Virginia no-fault divorce completed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Call today at 804-729-5537 or write to us using this online form.


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Thomas F. Coates, III
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