Virginia Do-it-Yourself Divorce Instructions

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Por: Virginia Poverty Law Center

Virginia Do-it-Yourself Divorce Worksheet


IMPORTANT NOTE for those who began a divorce on this site BEFORE March 8, 2024:

  • If you have already started a Do-it-Yourself Divorce on this site before March 8, 2024, and have saved it online in this system, OR if your previously-created documents are saved online in this system, access your interview and download your documents HERE.
  • Documents on the old system will be deleted after June 30, 2024.

 

All new divorces AFTER March 8, 2024: 

  • Review the information below, then click the blue "Start the Program" button at the bottom of this page to use the new system.

This worksheet will help you gather the information you need to complete the Do-It-Yourself Divorce program. It is easier to gather this information before you start.

If you start the program and realize you do not have everything you need to continue, your answers will be saved for you when you return if you are using the same device (important: if you are using a public computer, your answers will not be saved). Then, you may finalize your divorce paperwork later when you have the information you need: click "continue" to get to where you left off. Check with your court about any additional documents they may require.

When you print your documents, instructions for filing will be included, and you may access these at any time at the link above.

Before you start

To use this program, you must have been separated for either:

1) at least six months

If there are NO minor children of the marriage, AND you have a signed Property Settlement Agreement that takes care of all assets and debts of the marriage.

OR

2) at least one year (if there are minor children)

You must also have either a court order or a signed agreement as to custody, parenting time, and child support (child support is required in Virginia).

Who cannot use this program?

  • If you or your spouse was in the military during the marriage, you will not be able to use this program. Federal laws such as the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act and the Service Members Civil Relief Act create certain rights and responsibilities for service members and their spouses. For more information, visit Military OneSource.
  • If you or your spouse have retirement accounts or pensions, you will not be able to use this program, as there are special rules for dividing these accounts.
  • If you and your spouse have property, assets, and/or debts to divide, you must have a “Property Settlement Agreement” (“PSA”) or “Separation Agreement” that you both understand and agree to before beginning this program. It is advisable to ask an attorney to look over the agreement before you file for file with the court.
  • If you or your spouse is pregnant, you will not be able to use this program.
  • If your spouse lives outside of Virginia, you will not be able to use this program.

How long will it take?

Be sure you have enough time to complete your interview and finalize your documents.
  • This program will take at least one hour. 
  • You may create an account to save your work and come back later.
  • You must have certain information before you can begin: see below.

NOTE: You should show your final documents to an attorney before filing with the court, to ensure you are not giving up any rights you may have, such as to spousal support, property, or retirement benefits
 

What information do I need to start?

Information about You and Your Spouse
  • Full legal names, birthdates
  • Social Security Numbers for you and your spouse
  • Whether you or your spouse is currently pregnant (NOTE: If you or your spouse is pregnant, you will not be able to use this program).
  • City or County in Virginia where you and your spouse lived together
  • City or County where you live now
  • City or County in Virginia where your spouse lives (NOTE: One or both of you must have lived in Virginia for at least six months before filing for divorce. Both of you must currently live in Virginia to use this program.)
Information about Your Marriage
  • Your wedding date
  • The place you were married (city or county and state)
  • Date of separation 
Information about Property or Debts or Spousal Support

If you have property or debts to provide, OR if one spouse will be paying spousal support, you may need some or all of the information listed below.

  • Employment information for you and your spouse
  • Employer name
  • Employer address and phone number
  • Driver’s license numbers for you and your spouse
  • Professional or occupational license information for you and your spouse
  • Any health care coverage one spouse is providing for the other
  • Any court orders relating to spousal support 

NOTE: You will need the name of the court and the case number of any court orders.

Information about Child Custody and Child Support

In Virginia, both parents must provide support for a child. Parties cannot agree not to pay child support. The amount of support depends on factors such as the parties’ incomes, the amount of time spent with each parent, the child’s needs, and any other children the parties to whom a parent is paying support.

  • Names, birthdates, and social security numbers of children of the marriage (that is, children born to or adopted by the parties to the marriage, whether born/adopted before or during the marriage, or after separation).
  • You must have either a signed agreement or a court order pertaining to custody, parenting time, and child support (you must have information about court orders including name of the court and case number).
  • The amount and frequency of child support. 
  • Date the first child support payment is/was due
  • If there are arrearages (amounts due that were not paid), and how much
     

NOTE: If you do not already have an order of support from a Court or the Department of Child Support Enforcement, you may calculate the amount of child support based on both parties’ incomes, the needs of the child, the amount of time the child spends with each parent, and other factors, using this free Child Support Calculator: https://www.vasupportcalc.com/unified-calculator/

Or you may use the court's guidelines worksheet: http://www.courts.state.va.us/forms/district/dc637.pdf

Information about children's health care coverage
  • Which spouse is paying for coverage
  • Name and address of insurance company
  • Policy number
  • Certificate number
  • Type of coverage policy provides (medical, dental, optical, or other)
  • Who will be responsible for any non-covered healthcare costs for the minor child[ren]

NOTE: Health care coverage for minor children is required. If cannot afford health insurance for your children, you may be eligible for health care coverage through FAMIS or Medicaid from the Department of Medical Assistance Services: https://www.coverva.org/screening/.  Once you have health coverage for the children, you may continue with this portion of the Do-it-Yourself Divorce interview.

Information if you Wish to Ask the Court to Waive your Filing Fees

If you are asking the court to waive (that is, not charge) any fees and costs associated with filing a divorce, you must provide some information, including:

  • Annual household income
  • Information about your employer
  • Number of people you support
  • Any public assistance received
  • City or County through which you receive assistance
  • Any unusual expenses that make it difficult to afford the fees

NOTE: when you file your divorce paperwork, you will need to fill out a statistical form (VS4 form) by hand. This form asks some questions including the grounds of divorce. When you file for divorce using this program, the grounds of divorce will be “living separate and apart for one year [or six months].” (The last line on the form will be completed by the court clerk.)

 

Start the Program

 

For questions or technical assistance with the program, email webdev@vplc.org.

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