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Grounds for Divorce

To obtain a divorce in Virginia the person filing must have grounds for divorce. Unlike other states where individuals can file and obtain a divorce or annulment easily, a Virginia court can only award a final decree of divorce if it finds that there is evidence of one or more of the grounds for divorce recognized by statute. Grounds for divorce include adultery, cruelty (verbal, emotion, physical or a combination thereof), desertion or abandonment, constructive desertion or abandonment, one-year separation, and six-month separation if the parties have no minor children.

The outcome of your divorce and total award of spousal support or assets can depend on the ability of your attorney to prove and articulate your grounds for divorce. The lawyers at Bush & Taylor have the experience needed to pursue your rights in court and to obtain a positive outcome on your behalf. Our lawyers have been recognized by numerous national publications and rating services such as Virginia Super Lawyers, Avvo, and Martindale-Hubbell for excellence in the area of family law. Contact us today.

See what the Virginia Codes states about grounds for divorce: