Understanding the grounds for divorce in Virginia
Written by our divorce lawyers in Manassas
A “no-fault” divorce is not based on any particular conduct. The most common no-fault case is “irreconcilable differences” (also called “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage”), which is another way of saying that the couple cannot get along anymore, and there’s no chance that they will get back together. There is no other explanation required for a no-fault divorce.
Although Virginia laws do not recognize the “irreconcilable differences” ground for a no-fault divorce, they do allow couples to get divorced if they can prove they’ve lived separate and apart for a certain period time: one year if they have children, or six months if there are no children involved.
Virginia is among a handful of states that still allows “fault” divorces. A “fault” divorce is based on bad conduct; one spouse must allege that the other was at “fault” for the divorce, because of misconduct that led to the breakdown of the marriage.
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In a “fault” divorce, here are some of the grounds to be aware of:
• cruelty, willful desertion or abandonment
• a felony conviction and confinement following the conviction
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