Divorce is the dissolution of a marriage. In Virginia, there can be either a contested or uncontested divorce. In a contested, the parties are not in agreement as to the terms of the settlement (property, finances, support, child custody and/or visitation). If mediation and settlement fail or are not an option, the court will decide the issues.
An uncontested is divorce is when both parties are in agreement regarding settlement issues.
When there are children under the age of 18 involved, parties must wait a full 12 months from the date of separation to file for divorce. If there are no children involved or the children have reached majority (over the age of 18), divorces may be obtained six months after the date of separation.