Divorce can be a bit different in Virginia than in other states. You may have been learning about the process of a divorce and you may have wondered, “What is a ‘divorce from bed and board’”?
Keep reading to learn more about divorce from bed and board and what you need to know.
Understanding Divorce from Bed and Board
The term “divorce from bed and board” is a legal term Virginia uses for a largely temporary divorce procedure used only in cases of cruelty, fear of bodily harm, desertion or abandonment.
Many couples simply live separately prior to a divorce; this is most often not considered desertion by the courts. No forms or papers need to be filed.
According to the Virginia State Bar:
If desertion grounds exist, a suit for a divorce from bed and board may be filed with the court immediately after the separation. If the desertion continues for more than one year from the date the parties originally separated, then the desertion is sufficient to constitute a ground for divorce from the bond of matrimony.
If you believe you’ve been abandoned and your research has had you come across the question, “What is a divorce from bed and board?” then you’re most likely wondering if your situation qualifies. We urge you to contact a family lawyer who will guide you through the process and take the time to discuss your case.
Speak with Somebody Today
Divorce can be a complicated matter. That’s why we make sure that family comes first — especially when the divorcing couple has children. If you’re contemplating legal separation and/or divorce, then you should seek the advice of a family lawyer.
The divorce attorneys at The Irving Law Firm have helped countless Northern Virginia residents in Arlington, Manassas, Reston, Fairfax, and Fauquier with their divorce proceedings. We have the knowledge and experience you need to ensure you exit the divorce with your finances as intact as possible.
Give us a call at (703) 530-9001.