Some clients prefer to obtain their Virginia divorce by affidavit because a court appearance is not required. It is also not necessary to come to our office to complete the affidavits.
To complete the affidavit, the client and a witness answer simple questions related to the divorce. The client’s affidavit questions typically cover the basic facts of the case, including date of marriage, date of separation, children, and whether the parties have signed a separation and property settlement agreement. The witness will be asked how often he or she has spoken with the client since the separation, and whether he or she has visited the home of one of the parties since the separation. A good witness will be able to verify that the parties have not lived together for the required time period.
The divorce by affidavit option is convenient for clients that are currently living outside of Virginia, in other states or countries. Many of our clients that are active duty military personnel, whether stationed in Virginia, other states, or deployed in other countries, obtain their divorce using the deposition option. Many local clients also prefer affidavits rather than appearing in court.
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