Divorce Mediation Virginia Basics
Divorce mediation Virginia with Dr. Earwicker can be an alternative to lengthy, public court battles. A divorce mediator can assist with a settlement agreement on issues like property division, alimony, child support, child custody, and more. Under Virginia law, you can file for divorce for either “fault” or “no fault” grounds. Va. Code § 20-91 (2022). Virginia, unlike many other states, has a “cooling off” period required before you can file for a no-fault divorce. Va. Code § 20-91(9)(a) (2022).
You can save time and money by first working with a mediator to resolve your disputes and then file an uncontested divorce in Virginia. You’ll need a settlement agreement in order to do this. In Virginia, this is also called a “separation agreement,” “marital settlement agreement,” “property settlement agreement,” or “divorce settlement agreement.” Virginia’s circuit court clerks also provide important resources for going through the process of divorce, and all the forms you’ll need to file.
Regardless of your divorce filing status in Virginia, mediation can also help with other, ongoing disputes, even after the divorce is final.
For more information on uncontested divorce and divorce mediation Virginia, visit DivorceNet’s page on divorce in Virginia.
Divorce mediation offers a number of advantages, including:
- lower cost,
- freedom to make informed decisions,
- control, and
You and your spouse control the outcome of divorce mediation, not the courts.
For divorce mediation to be successful, it’s important that both spouses engage in good faith. Mediation will likely not be successful if one spouse is more interested in harming the other spouse than resolving disputes over property or child custody arrangements. If both spouses engage in good faith, though, mediation can save significant time and money for both spouses.