Grounds for divorce include adultery, desertion, cruelty

Written by our divorce lawyers in Virginia Beach

In order to file for divorce in Virginia, a spouse needs to file under specific grounds. Grounds for divorce can include adultery, desertion, or cruelty. A husband or wife needs to be able to prove the grounds that are alleged.

For more than a decade our divorce lawyers in Virginia Beach have helped individuals with divorce cases involving adultery, desertion or cruelty throughout Hampton Roads, including Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth.

When cruelty is the grounds
Cruelty is present when it “tends to bodily harm” and makes cohabitation unsafe, or involves danger of life, limb, or health. Divorces based upon cruelty have been granted when one spouse has been an instigator of physical altercations and found guilty of assault and battery.

It is important to note that any claim of cruelty must be corroborated by evidence. This evidence can include photographs of injuries as well as testimony of third parties such as police officers or family members. The offending spouse’s own prior statements and writings can also be used as evidence.

Before moving forward with a divorce in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, or Portsmouth, you should strongly consider consulting with a lawyer. Our divorce lawyers in Virginia Beach can tell you whether you have sufficient evidence to move forward with a divorce based upon cruelty or other grounds.

If you are searching for experienced divorce lawyers with proven results, please call us at (757) 432-2500 or use our online form below.

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