No-Fault Divorce Cases in Fairfax
Northern Virginia Divorce Lawyer
What is a no-fault divorce? If you are considering ending your marriage,
you will probably have many questions regarding your situation. In Virginia,
there are fault-based grounds for divorce and no-fault grounds for divorce.
In a fault-based divorce, there are four different grounds for divorce.
First is due to adultery. However, it can be difficult to prove adultery
in court as corroborating evidence of the spouse's adultery is required.
If a spouse is convicted of a crime classified as a felony, sentenced
to more than a year in prison and the couple did not live together after
the conviction, the other spouse may be able to file for a fault-based
divorce. Desertion followed by separation for one year or cruelty plus
one year of separation will also constitute a fault-based divorce.
Grounds and Process of a No-Fault Divorce
What happens when a couple wish to divorce for reasons other than those
fault-based ground for divorce addressed above? In that case, a no-fault
divorce may be a good option. A no-fault divorce can be filed on one of
two possible grounds. The first is that the couple have lived separate
and apart for one year. In Virginia, this is the most common ground for
divorce. The second is separation where the couple have lived separate
and apart for a period of six months and have a signed agreement resolving
all issues arising out of their marriage. This ground for divorce is only
available to couples with no minor children.
If you wish to file for a no-fault divorce, the first step will be for
your attorney to prepare a formal Complaint. Some of the details included
in the complaint are:
- Residency and Domicile status of at least one party;
- The date and location of the marriage;
- The area of Virginia where the couple last lived together;
- The names and dates of birth of any children born to or adopted by the couple;
- The date the couple separated; and
- Statement that one party intended for the separation to be permanent and
the marriage to end in divorce.
After the Complaint has been filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court,
a summons may be prepared by the Court and sent to the Sheriff for service
on the defendant. Once the Complaint is served, the other party has 21
days to file a responsive pleading. If the other party fails to respond
altogether, a hearing, can be scheduled to addressed any issues that must
be resolved by the court or, if there are no issues to be resolved, a
short hearing, sometimes referred to as an ore tenus hearing, or depositions
can be scheduled and conducted, however the other party must be given
notice of these proceedings. A divorce is finalized then a judge signs
a formal document referred to as a Final Decree of Divorce or a Final
Order of Divorce.
Contact a Northern Virginia Divorce Lawyer for Assistance
If you have questions concerning fault-based or no-fault divorce, please
do not hesitate to talk to a
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