What are Grounds for Divorce in Virginia?
In Virginia, a divorce may be granted if the court finds: (1) adultery was committed; (2) a spouse committed a felony and was sentenced to imprisonment for one year or more and cohabitation did not resume after such imprisonment; (3) that one year has passed since either party has been guilty of cruelty, caused reasonable apprehension of bodily hurt, or willfully deserted or abandoned the other; or (4) the parties have continuously lived apart for one year or more without any cohabitation. (Code of Virginia Title 20 Domestic Relations Chapter 6 Divorce Affirmation and Annulment Section 91)
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
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