How do I respond to divorce papers without a lawyer?
How to respondFill out the Affidavit. Fill out the Affidavit in Response form (PDF, 15 KB). Fill out the relevant forms. If the applicant is applying for custody, access, child or spousal support. Copy your documents. File your forms. Serve your affidavits. File the affidavit with the court. Go to court.
Is it better to be the 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.
How do you prove divorce infidelity?
Virginia law requires “clear and convincing” evidence for a finding of adultery, a higher standard of proof than other grounds for divorce. Thus, to prove adultery, one must provide the court with clear and convincing evidence that one’s spouse in fact had sexual intercourse with another person.