How do I file for divorce in Virginia online?
Filing: When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court.
What happens if no response to divorce papers?
The responding spouse needs to file an answer with the court within the deadline. When a spouse doesn’t respond to a divorce petition, the person who failed to file the answer to the court will lose his or her rights to make arguments about property division, support, and child custody.
How long do you have to answer a divorce petition?
Once you have returned your acknowledgement of service form, you have a further 21 days to explain why you are defending the divorce. This is called giving an answer.
What happens after a divorce petition is filed?
After a divorce/dissolution petition is filed with the court, the petitioner (usually through his or her lawyer) makes sure that the petition is “served” (legally delivered) on the other spouse. He or she must respond to (“answer”) the petition within a certain time (usually about three weeks).
Is it better to be petitioner or respondent in divorce?
The name given to the spouse that files first for divorce is the Petitioner and the spouse that files second is called the Respondent. The clearest advantage to filing for divorce first is that at trial the Petitioner gets to present his/her evidence first.