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Understanding No-Fault Divorce

No-fault divorces occur after the couple has been separated for a required period of time, without the possibility of reconciliation.


  • One-year separation:
    • Couples who have children
    • Couples who do not have children together, and have not signed written separation agreement
  • Six months separation:
    • Couples who have a signed written separation agreement and do not have children together

While most divorces are granted on “no-fault” grounds, the state of Virginia allows divorce actions to be pursued on the basis of “fault,” specifically:

  • Adultery
  • Physical and mental cruelty
  • Desertion
  • Incarceration for more than one year for conviction of a felony

Grounds for divorce other than “no-fault” grounds are extremely fact-specific. A number of additional factors apply. We are happy to discuss those issues with you in detail.

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