Virginia Online Divorce
How to File Your Own Divorce in Virginia
Outlined below is some background information you should know about filing for a divorce in Virginia. Once you become acquainted with this information, you can take our quiz to see if you qualify for the Virginia online divorce.

Using our online divorce is a quick and easy way to get all the completed documents you need in order to file for your own, uncontested divorce, while avoiding having to pay exorbitant attorney fees.

Residency Requirements

Every state has a set of residency requirements that must be met by the filing spouse in order for the court to have jurisdiction over the divorce proceedings. If you don't meet the residency requirements of the state you're trying to file in, the case may get dismissed by the court. The residency requirements in Virginia are as follows:

  • In suits for divorce, the county or city in which the parties last cohabited, or at the option of the plaintiff, in the county or city in which the defendant resides, if a resident of this Commonwealth, and in cases in which an order of publication may be issued against the defendant under 8.01-316, venue may also be in the county or city in which the plaintiff resides

  • (Virginia Code - Title 8 - Sections: 8.01-261)

Grounds for Divorce

There are also grounds each state will allow you to file under when filing for a divorce. The ground for divorce is the reason that you and your spouse are filing for a divorce. The following are the grounds for divorce in Virginia:

  • No Fault:
    • Living separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for one year with children
    • Living separately and apart without cohabitation and without interruption for six months without children
  • Fault:
    • Adultery or sodomy
    • Imprisonment for more than one year
    • Where either party has been guilty of cruelty
    • Willfully deserted or abandoned the other

    (Virginia Code - Title 20 - Sections: 20-91)

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