Dating and separation in virginia
You can move anywhere within the Commonwealth from which you are filing.
The forms do not require you to list all addresses, but you should be prepared to prove where you lived during the separation in the final hearing.
After your corroborative witness testifies and you have presented other evidence, and if your spouse answers or shows up, then your spouse will also have a chance to do the same.
At the end of the hearing, the Commissioner will file a report with the clerk and notify you of the filing time.
After the Commissioner's report is filed, mail your Final Decree (see Forms), to the Court Clerk and ask that it be sent to a judge for signing. back to top Residency In order to start the divorce process you must file a complaint in the circuit court where you or your spouse lives.
If service wasn't obtained (although it usually is), Virginia law allows for "posting" the Subpoena and Complaint on the defendant's door if no one is home.
Whether or not your spouse responds, you and your corroborative witness will have to appear before a Commissioner in Chancery who will conduct a hearing scheduled by the clerk of the Circuit Court.
This will give you an indication on how to proceed with the divorce.
The law limits the authority of the court to grant divorces (known as a question of jurisdiction-can this court hear this divorce? The law also dictates when the court has jurisdiction over a divorce proceeding.
It is important to understand that by representing yourself, you may be giving up important rights.