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How to File For Divorce in Virginia Form

In the case of wanting to file for a divorce in the State of Virginia, the following form can be used as a reference on the steps of the divorce process in the state.

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S	TEP	 1	 - The Spouse that has decided to file for divorce must complete the 	
following forms:	
• Virginia Divorce Petition	 (Must be 	Notarized	)	
• Civil Case Information Sheet
• Vital Statistics Sheet
• (If you have Minor Children) Bureau for Child Support 	
Enforcement Application and Income Withholding Form	
S	TEP	 2	 - Now, you must file these forms (make 4 copies) with the the County 	
Court Clerk's Office where you live. Find out the filing fee 	here	.	
S	TEP	 3	 - To alert your spouse of the divorce, you must 	serve	 a copy of the filed 	
Virginia divorce papers as well as the 	Acceptance of Service	.	
S	TEP 	4	 - You must get a completed copy of the 	Acceptance of Service	 from 	
your spouse and file it with the clerk.
S	TEP 	5	 - Give your spouse the 	Answer	 and 	(If you have Minor Children) 	
Bureau for Child Support Enforcement Application and Income 
Withholding 	form(s) if he or she has not been provided with it yet so that your 	
spouse may file it with the clerk's office. After successful filing, the spouse 	MUST 	
SERVE	 the petitioning spouse.	
*VERY IMPORTANT	 - Your spouse must complete the 	Answer	 form stating the 	
reason for was 'irreconcilable differences' within 20 days of the petition's filing date 
or the divorce cannot be considered 'no-fault'.
S	TEP	 6	 - Both spouses will need to complete the 	Financial Disclosure 	
Statement 	form before meeting with each other to negotiate. Pick a time and 	
place to meet, then the both of you should fully negotiate the	 Separation and 	
Property Settlement Agreement	.	
Once completed, you must file the 	Separation and Property Settlement 	
Agreement	 form with the clerk's office as well as both	 Financial Disclosure 	
Statements	. Bring a blank	Notice of Hearing	 form with you as well.	
While at the clerk's office, schedule a court hearing date (if it has been at least 20 
days past the date of the original divorce petition filing). Once you have scheduled

the date, fill in th	e Notice of Hearing 	with the clerk so that a copy can be sent to 	
your spouse.
S	TEP	 7	 - Bring copies of all filed documents with you to the court on the hearing 	
date. Upon successful completion of all the forms the Judge will authorize a	 Final 	
Order	 which will make your divorce complete in the State of Virginia. The Final 	
Order will be sent to both spouses and if you object, you have 5 days to respond, if 
not, then after 8 days the judgment will be final.
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