There are three primary requirements to meet:
- You must currently be a Virginia resident and have lived in Virginia for the last six months.
- You must have been separated from your spouse for at least one year (Or, for six months if you have a written and signed separation agreement)
- You are unable to locate your spouse after making legitimate, diligent efforts to locate him/her.
If your situation falls within these criteria, you are ready to pursue a divorce by publication.