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To file for a divorce in Virginia one of the spouses must have been a resident of Virginia for at least six months prior to filing for a divorce and have grounds for divorce.  The most common grounds for divorce are (1) adultery; (2) physical or mental cruelty against you, and you fear for your life, safety or health; (3) wilful desertion or abandonment; (4) separation for more than one year provided you have lived separate and apart together during the entire time; and (5) separation for six months, provided there are no minor children and there is a written property and separation agreement signed by both of you.


You can file for divorce at any time if you have the first three grounds, but except for adultery, the divorce will not become final until the expiration of one year from time of separation.  Meanwhile, you can obtain custody, child and spousal support, and other relief, pending the final hearing on divorce.  As for adultery, the divorce can be granted as soon as the hearing is concluded.


Divorces are divided into contested and uncontested:


A.)  Contested matter means that the parties can not reach an agreement on some or all of the issues of custody, visitation, child and spousal support, division of property, or debts, and the case must be submitted to the court for resolution of the issues.  Many cases that start as contested are often later settled without the need for trial, but to reach a settlement an attorney will help you to achieve that settlement. 


B.)  Uncontested matter means that the parties agree on all issues and do not need to proceed to a contested trial before a judge.  Uncontested divorce also is much less expensive than a contested divorce.


Ted Kavrukov charges a flat fee for a uncontested divorce, and charges by the hour in contested divorces.


Ted Kavrukov is a divorce attorney who is highly competent and  knowledgeable about the divorce laws and procedures in court.


For more information, advise,  or to make an appointment with Ted Kavrukov please call 703-465-1500 or send an e-mail to law@kavrukov.com.









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