Very unusual and interesting question. The answer is yes, and we have worked through one of these before here in my firm. Would take too long to outline the process on this site. Contact a good family law firm, and they will be able to help. My best to you.
I have a property division question. He bought the house before we got married. Of the 10 years he's owned it, we were married 3 years and I paid towards the mortgage during this time. I was never on the deed/mortgage, but it's documented that I paid the bills for the house and contributed... Read more »
Yes, you are probably entitled to a value equal to some amount of equity in the house. In a Virginia equitable division of assets during a divorce, property is divided into three types: marital, separate and hybrid. Marital property is divided between the parties, separate property is left to the...Read more »
If you have verification that the Complaint was served by the Sheriff, it is possible that the certificate of service from the Sheriff did not make it to the Judge's file? Or was there question about the address? There is also a general requirement to follow posted service with a mailing. Without...Read more »
If served by posting, you still have to give notice, etc. and proceed.
Va. Code § 20-99 provides you can forego notice if served personally. "5. In cases where such suits have been commenced, the defendant has been served pursuant to the provisions of subdivision 1 of § 8.01-296, and the...Read more »
Defendent did not respond and is well beyond 21 days. I told clerk i wanted to pursue judgement by default. Clerk said there are some papers to fill out. What papers? Clerk told me I was almost done and had only one thing left to do but couldn't tell me what. Do I have to write a letter to the... Read more »
The starting point for service of process in divorce cases is Virginia Code Section 20-99. The primary consideration in service for divorce cases is the relief sought. Under the concept of divisible divorce, a marriage consists of two components - a legal relationship or res, and property rights...Read more »
In a final divorce decree, a Chesapeake Circuit judge ordered it had subject matter jurisdiction to incorporate the parties' separation agreement and for the parties to strictly comply with its terms. When one of the parties attempted to enforce the terms of the incorporated agreement, the very... Read more »
Although I do not practice law in Virginia, many generic legal questions are answered the same way in all states. For example, most states have adopted the same laws in areas that lend themselves to interstate enforcement through compacts, including issues that arise in divorce proceedings that...Read more »
Orders become final after 21 days, i.e., the judge cannot modify them even if the judge wanted to. So, the motion to stay the finality of the order suspends the 21 day clock to allow more time to rule on the motion to reconsider.
My in-laws divorced from Kentucky. My father-in-law lives in California and my mother-in-law now lives with us in Virginia. My father-in-law reduced court ordered payments soon after the divorce and now doesn’t pay at all even though my mother-in-law brought him back to court before leaving... Read more »
Virginia Code Section 20-107.1(H) sets forth the required notices for court-ordered spousal support only, while Virginia Code Section 20-60.3 sets forth the required notices for court-ordered spousal support where the parents have a mutual child support obligation. Local practices in Virginia...Read more »
Certainly if you agree, you can dismiss your divorce suit in another state and, in essence, move it to Virginia--to file after you have lived here for at least 6 months. Even if you both do not agree, in some cases, the party that started the suit, can dismiss it there and refile here in VA. The...Read more »
In a divorce, only marital property is divisible between the spouses. "2. Marital property is (i) all property titled in the names of both parties, whether as joint tenants, tenants by the entirety or otherwise, except as provided by subdivision A 3, (ii)...Read more »
My fiance and I obtained a Marriage License from a VA Court Clerks office and held a marriage ceremony in the presence of 150 guests (within 60 days time of obtaining the license) in Virginia. However, the marriage certificate was never filed by the officiant after the ceremony. If the Marriage... Read more »
Virginia's public policy favors marriage and the validity of marriage in the Commonwealth. As such, Virginia has several curative statutes that may validate imperfect marriages. In addition, a party who questions the validity of a marriage may file a suit to determine the validity of the marriage...Read more »
A spouse may file immediately in Virginia for a divorce from bed and board on grounds of cruelty or reasonable apprehension of physical harm, or desertion and abandonment. The pendente lite or temporary relief available after such a case is filed can include a protective order, exclusive...Read more »
In short, no you cannot stop paying without a Court's involvement and a new Order. This existing Order remains in effect until a Court enters a contrary Order. You will likely have to prove that she is living with someone else for more than a year however, and at times, that's not as easy as it...Read more »
I live in Colonial Heights, Virginia. My estranged husband is somewhere in California. He was recently released from prison there according to family. Since I don't know where he is, what are my options?
You will have to give him notice of the divorce filing of course. If we can find him, all the better, but if not, we can provide notice to him by what is called "Publication." That is an established procedure for exactly your type of situation. It involves publications out in California in his...Read more »
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