Understanding the grounds for divorce in Virginia
Written by our divorce lawyers in Virginia Beach
Many times, people come into our office and wish to have a “No Fault” divorce. In their minds, this means that they do not need to claim that the other party did anything wrong to cause the breakup of the marriage. However, it is important to understand that Virginia divorce laws do not have a “No-Fault” Divorce provision. Instead, all divorces must have “grounds.” The closest thing to a “No Fault” divorce in Virginia is to get one on the grounds of being separated for at least one year (or six months if certain conditions apply).
A traditional “fault” divorce is based on bad conduct; one spouse must allege that the other was at “fault” for the divorce and engaged in misconduct that caused the breakdown of the marriage.
The most common fault based grounds include:
· willful desertion, abandonment, or constructive desertion
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