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What steps are involved in obtaining a Virginia divorce?


Obtaining a divorce in Virginia requires three major steps.

  1. File a Complaint for Divorce with the court and serve it on your spouse. Your spouse then has 21 days in which to answer/respond to your Complaint for Divorce.
  2. Resolve the issues posed by your divorce with your spouse…. either by agreement or by litigation.
  3. Attend a hearing at which the Judge will enter a Final Decree of Divorce.

Every divorce is different and some may require substantially more effort and steps to resolve than others.


An outstanding job on my case to have custody, visitation and support decided in my home state instead of Virginia after I separated from military service.- A.E.