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Do you have to be legally separated to get a divorce in?

As many Harrisonburg area couples know, not all marriages last forever. Despite a couple's best intentions, some marriages are just not able to survive. When a divorce becomes imminent a person may wonder if there are certain requirements they need to meet in order for a divorce to happen.

In Virginia, there are two types of divorce a couple can seek. One is a divorce that is at-fault. This is where there is grounds for fault which include a felony conviction, abandonment, adultery, etc. Or there is a no-fault divorce. In order for a no-fault divorce to occur the couple needs to live apart for one year or if there are no minor children, for six months and the couple has reached an agreement regarding property division and spousal support. It can be helpful for a couple who is separated to draw up a separation agreement that covers financial matters, custody and child support, along with other matters that can be tricky during the separation period.

A person who is considering a divorce may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in Harrisonburg area divorces. An attorney understands that each situation is unique and can offer their client information for their specific needs. They can answer their client's questions and walk them through the divorce process, offering suggestions along the way. An attorney understands this is one of the worst times of their client's life and will make sure that even though the emotions can be high, the end result is fair with their client's needs a top priority.

There are many nuance to a divorce in Virginia. Understanding that a divorce can be a way for a person to make a fresh start is a good attitude to have. With a lawyer that understands Virginia divorce, a person can feel like they will be able to thrive in their new life.

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