If mydivorce papers have been signed and turned in by both parties, how doI petition the court for finalization?

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If mydivorce papers have been signed and turned in by both parties, how doI petition the court for finalization?

Asked on January 8, 2011 under Family Law, Virginia

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I think that only an attorney familiar with divorce law in Virginia can help to answer this question.  But in the absence of going to seek legal counsel you might try and go and seek information from the clerk of the court in which the paperwork was originally filed.  Further, when you say "divorce papers" what do you mean?  The summons and complaint?  The answer?  The marital settlement agreement?  It is my understanding the County Clerk's Office of the Family Court keeps a list of the documents needed an the documents already filed in a case.  I would go there and ask them to look up your case (you should have a docket or index number) and take a look at what is missing for completion.  Good luck. 


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