Obtaining a Divorce
- Please reference VA Code § 20-89 through 124 for information on how to obtain a divorce in Virginia.
- To obtain a divorce in Virginia, either you or your spouse must be a resident of Virginia for at least six months prior to filing for divorce.
- If you choose to represent yourself, you will be expected to follow the same procedures as an attorney. Questions regarding interpretation of the law should be directed to an attorney licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
For a "no fault" or uncontested divorce:
- If there are no children from the marriage or all children are 18 or older, you must be separated for a minimum of six months and have a written property settlement agreement before you may file for divorce.
- If there are children from the marriage under the age of 18, you must be separated a minimum of one year before you may file for divorce.
The following forms are for use in Rockingham County Circuit Court ONLY. If you use the forms provided at the links below, please make sure they are completed in entirety with accurate information. FORMS MUST BE TYPED. Handwritten forms will not be accepted. Incomplete or inaccurate forms may cause delays in your divorce proceedings.
*If PDF is not fillable when opened in browser, please download form and use Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat or other PDF program to complete the form before printing. These forms are also available on a public workstation in the Clerk's Office for completion and printing.
The complaint is submitted along with a VS-4 form. The VS-4 form is available in the Clerk’s Office at the Civil Counter.
Note: Court personnel are prohibited by law from giving legal advice, restating the law or recommending legal action. Questions regarding interpretation of the law should be directed to an attorney licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.