What happens in a Divorce?

A divorce case can address the following issues:

  • end the marriage
  • reinstate a former name
  • divide property and debt
  • spousal support
  • child support
  • custody and visitation (parenting time)
  • parentage issues if necessary

Which Court handles divorce?

Divorces are heard in the Circuit Court, although custody, visitation, child support, parentage and spousal support may be resolved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.  Requests to revise support, custody and visitation after a divorce generally go to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

What are the different kinds of divorce?

There are three kinds of divorces: Uncontested, No-Fault, and Contested.

What resources can help me understand the divorce process?

There are no official court forms dealing with the process of spousal separation or divorce.  Information about the divorce process, as well as practical concerns about financial matters and custody, is available from the Virginia State Bar and VALegalAid.org.  These organizations and the find a lawyer resources, along with your local court, local law library or local Bar Association may also be able to refer you to someone who can help.  VA Law Help 2 Go offers a video describing your options in pursuing an uncontested divorce from your partner.

What about custody, visitation and support?

Please visit the Custody and Support page.


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