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No-Fault Divorce: The Basics

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It is possible for a couple to file for a divorce without blaming each other. In fact, it is quite a common occurrence. Sometimes a relationship just does not work out in the long run. It is not a requirement that one person does something to directly cause the end of a marriage. In Virginia, you can file for a no-fault divorce instead. However, there are still specific requirements that you need to meet in these circumstances.

Requirements for No-Fault Divorce

If you intend to get a no-fault divorce, you will have to ensure that you meet certain criteria. The requirements for fault-based divorces are as follows:

  • You live separately from your spouse.

  • If you have young children together, you have been separated for at least one year.

  • If you do not have younger children or no children at all and you have been separated for at least six months along with signing a marital agreement.

Just because you file for a no-fault divorce does not mean that you will not encounter any issues. Having an attorney to assist with problems or disputes that arise will go a long way in helping you manage your case.

Benefits of No-Fault Divorce

There are some benefits to filing a no-fault divorce. For example, you won’t need to provide proof that your spouse has done something to result in the end of your marriage. If you don’t have kids, all you have to do is wait six months, and then you can file. While the process is more complicated with children involved, it is still possible to file for a no-fault divorce. This is especially true if you have an experienced attorney on your side.

Experienced Attorneys in Virginia

If both you and your spouse feel as though your relationship is no longer working out, a no-fault divorce might be the right option for you. You don’t have to blame one side for the end of a relationship, instead, you can focus on reaching a resolution. Bush & Taylor, P.C. can help you get your no-fault divorce underway when you are ready.


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