Essentials of Handling No-Fault Divorces in Virginia (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Divorce and Family Law Practice (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 10/08/2021


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the October 2018 webcast, Essentials of Handling No-Fault Divorces in Virginia.

Topics Covered

An excellent primer, from a leading Virginia family law attorney, on how to efficiently and effectively handle no-fault divorces in Virginia for your clients—from the initial consultation through the final divorce decree. Topics include:

  • Basic requirements under Virginia law for a no-fault divorce
  • Considerations regarding client representation
  • The essential aspects of the Property Settlement Agreement
  • Considerations for spousal support, child custody, and child support
  • How “fault” can still be an issue in a no-fault divorce

Virginia’s divorce laws do not require “fault” grounds for a divorce to be granted. A no-fault divorce from the bond of matrimony may be awarded if certain conditions are met. This seminar will walk attorneys through the essentials of handling a no-fault divorce—from initial client consultation on the basic requirements for a no-fault divorce, to the creation of the Property Settlement Agreement, to an overview of court procedures, to the final divorce decree. It will also address spousal support, child custody, and child support considerations, including how fault may still be an issue when spousal support is being sought or can be a factor in determining the division of marital property.


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Edward D. Barnes, Barnes & Diehl, P.C. / Richmond

Edward D. Barnes is the founder and CEO of Barnes & Diehl, P.C.  He has been ranked as one of the Top 10 lawyers in Virginia by Super Lawyers magazine and by Richmond magazine for several years.  In 2018 he was ranked “Number One Lawyer” out of all lawyers in the state of Virginia.  He has also been inducted into the Inaugural Class of the Virginia Hall of Fame, by Virginia Lawyer newspaper.  He has served as President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Virginia Chapter. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Chicago). He is on the faculty, teaching “Ethics in Family Law,” at the University of Richmond, School of Law. He has been named “Family Lawyer of the Year” for Richmond for 2009 and 2015 by The Best Lawyers in America.  He is the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section (2004–2005); he is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation; he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for over twenty years; he has been listed in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” every year since its inception. He has been named the Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Richmond, School of Law. He has served as President of the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Bar Association as well as the Metro Richmond Family Law Association; selected “Legal Eagle” by Virginia Living magazine. He is a frequent MCLE speaker and contributor to publications regarding family law matters. He has been a member of the MENSA Society and is an instrument-rated airplane pilot.  He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Europe.

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