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Virginia Divorce & Family Law Firm

The law office of Grenadier, Starace, Duffett & Levi, P.C. is a Virginia family law firm, with offices located in Reston, Fairfax County, (an easy drive from Loudoun County) and Alexandria City with easy access to South Fairfax, Springfield, and the District of Columbia. We spend most of our time on Virginia divorce cases. The firm is comprised of experienced divorce attorneys who work together to bring our clients comprehensive representation in Virginia family legal matters including prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, settlement agreements, divorce, custody, matters of support, equitable distribution, and other related matters. Our firm practices family and divorce law in Fairfax County, Alexandria City, Arlington County, Loudoun County, Fauquier County, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, Prince William County, Fredericksburg City, Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, and other areas throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This Virginia divorce site is a comprehensive information based site developed to provide you with some information regarding divorce or family law issues. The links on this page will take you to articles on divorce, divorce process, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, divorce decree modification, and enforcement. If you are facing family law issues, this informative Virginia divorce site will provide you information to assist you through the process.

Grounds For Divorce in Virginia

A "ground" for divorce in Virginia is a "reason" for divorce. A set of judicially recognized reasons for divorce exists in Virginia. You must use one or more of these reasons to justify your divorce.

  • If the spouses have lived separate and apart without any cohabitation and without interruption for one year, and it being the intention of one of the parties that the separation be permanent.
  • If the spouses have entered into a separation agreement and they have no minor children and they have lived separate and apart without cohabitation and without interruption for six months.
  • For adultery; or for sodomy committed during the marriage;
  • Where one spouse has been convicted of a felony and sentenced to serve more than a year in prison and there has been no cohabitation after the other spouse learned of the conviction.
  • Where either spouse has been guilty of cruelty, caused the other to reasonably fear bodily harm, or has deserted the other, the innocent party may be granted a divorce after a year.

In order to obtain a divorce in Virginia, at least one of the parties to the divorce action must have been (and still be) an actual and bona fide resident of the State of Virginia for at least six (6) months prior to the filing of the divorce action.