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Could Kim Kardashian get divorced in Virginia?

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

The Kim Kardashian divorce news brings up a question that I hear often in Virginia.  You might be surprised at the number of calls I get from people who have been married less than a month and they now want to get a divorce.

It is easy to get married in Virginia.  Some states have a 3-day waiting period before you can get married.  Virginia has no waiting period at all, so if you are thinking about getting married and want to do it on a whim, Virginia might be the place to go for the wedding ceremony.

It is not so easy to get divorced in Virginia.

I think the shortest marriage that has shown up in my office wanting a divorce is from a couple who got into a fight at the reception and never spent even one night together as man and wife.

Unfortunately for most unhappily married couples, they must wait until they have been married for at least 6 months before they can file for divorce.  Of course, if there are provable grounds for divorce the divorce can be granted sooner, but for the ‘it was a mistake’ type of situation like that of Kim Kardashian, you need to be separated for at least 6 months after the wedding before you can even file for a divorce.

These types of situations are usually handled as an uncontested divorce and we can draft a Marital Settlement Agreement that will control the legal situation between the parties until the divorce can be granted, but the couple is still legally married until the judge signs the final decree.

So be sure before you get married!

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