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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: Is it easier to get a divorce than an anullment? I married someone to help them immigrate, now very ugly

She is from Jordan and is living with me - we have not had any relations. I want her out of my house and out of my life. She is here on a tourist visa. She has two children - she signed a pre nuptial agreement.

Jessica Wildeus
Jessica Wildeus answered on Jul 26, 2019

It is a common misconception that you can get an annulment in Virginia when a marriage hasn't been consummated. The grounds for annulment in this state are very narrow, so it's pretty uncommon.

It is much more common for couples to file for divorce, even if they have had short or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Virginia on
Q: in a non-community property state, can a spouse obtain your finances for dates post-separation? How is it relevant?

Ongoing divorce, assets are completely separate, both parties worked and have their own accounts. Wife is now seeking my financial information post-date of separation to present. How is that relevant?

Jessica Wildeus
Jessica Wildeus answered on Jul 26, 2019

During a divorce, many couples go through a process called equitable distribution, which is essentially the division of any property owned during the marriage. One or both spouses may also request spousal support (alimony) or child support.

Obtaining financial documents, especially income...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Virginia on
Q: I was married in nc but live in va now n my spouse lives in nc can I file for divorce in va

I dont want nothing to do with my children

Jessica Wildeus
Jessica Wildeus answered on Jul 26, 2019

You can file for divorce in Virginia as long as either you or your spouse have lived here for at least six months prior to filing. So if you have lived in VA for at least six months, you can file here.

If your children live in North Carolina, a Virginia court would likely not have...
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Q: I am a military member who has previously lived in FL and I am registered to vote in FL. Can I file for divorce in FL?

I am currently stationed in VA.

Jessica Wildeus
Jessica Wildeus answered on Jan 17, 2019

You need to check with a Florida attorney to answer this question.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Q: Can my mother press charges for me taking my dog?

My parents bought the dog for me and the dog has lived with me at college. She is very attached to me and I have been the primary caretaker of the dog. I even have ESA paperwork filed at my college for the dog. The problem is that all of the dogs paperwork is in my mothers name. I am recently... Read more »

Jessica Wildeus
Jessica Wildeus answered on Jan 16, 2019

Probably not.

Generally speaking, Virginia law treats animals as property, making theft of animals in Virginia a crime. Va. Code 18.2-97 defines this as larceny and a felony.

In order for anyone to be prosecuted for this, a complaining witness must first establish that the animal in...
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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia on
Q: I got pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign in va. The cop gave me a ticket with a court date on it.

On the ticket the cop filled out the arrest location, time ,and date. I never got arrested or got out of my car. Can I get the case thrown out because of that?

Jessica Wildeus
Jessica Wildeus answered on Jan 11, 2019

The short answer to your question is no, this would not be grounds for having your case thrown out.

Law enforcement officers can stop your vehicle to give you a citation when they notice you have broken the law in some way, such as by speeding or disregarding a traffic signal. While this...
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