Manassas, VA asked in Divorce for Virginia

Q: I received a letter from the judge stating "the court cannot enter the final decree of divorce 20-91?

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Steven Goldman
Steven Goldman

A: There could be many reasons why a court did not enter a final decree of divorce. Section 20-91 of the Virginia Code references the acceptable grounds for divorce in Virginia. It is possible that the requisite grounds for divorce have not been met. The most common occurrence for this is when a divorce is based upon a separation, but the length of the separation does not meet the state's requirements (1 year, or 6 months if there are no children and the parties signed an agreement). Again, there could be other reasons, which is why it would be helpful to consult an attorney regarding the filing of these documents.

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