Philadelphia, PA asked in Divorce for Virginia

Q: Why would I have to sign documents for my wife to register our divorce in Virginia, we divorced in New York,

We have a son that we share custody of , we came to all the agreements in NY, I have him for 10 nights a month and pay child support, he is now starting kindergarten, i’m not expecting to take him out of school, just not sure why this needs to be signed or is it a Virginia state requirement?

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Michael Christopher Miller
Michael Christopher Miller
  • Vienna, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Court orders in one state can be registered for enforcement in another state pursuant to the "full faith and credit" clause. For example, the NY order can be registered in VA, and VA courts will give full faith and credit to the NY order and enforce it as if it was a VA order.

Registration is a required precursor to seeking modification.

Normally, you would not sign anything. One party would seek registration. The other party gets notice. The other party can then object if the order to be registered is not the correct one.

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