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Divorces are handled in the Circuit Court; however, Circuit Court Clerk's staff members are not attorneys and therefore are not authorized to provide legal advice. In order to initiate a divorce in Chesterfield Circuit Court, the filing party must submit the appropriate pleadings prepared in accordance with Virginia law. There are no forms that the Clerk's Office can make available for this purpose. Parties proceeding without legal counsel would need to research the Code of Virginia and prepare the required pleadings. There are a number of steps which must be followed in accordance with the Code of Virginia in order to finalize a divorce matter.
A task force of Virginia legal aid attorneys has developed a technology-based solution to help pro se (i.e., self-represented) litigants filing simple, uncontested divorces. The system is made available at VA Legal Aid online. The Clerk’s Office makes this resource available as a courtesy and cannot guarantee that it will meet your needs.
Once a divorce filing is prepared, for information regarding filing fees, Sheriff’s fees, etc., we suggest speaking with a staff member in the Civil Division of the office, who routinely handle divorce matters. To speak with a staff member in the Civil Division, call 804-748-1241 during public service hours, which are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
Civil Fee Schedule
Guardians and/or Conservators are typically appointed by the Court at the time an individual is adjudicated as incapacitated. In order to initiate such an action through the Circuit Court, the filing party would need to submit the appropriate pleadings prepared in accordance with Virginia law. The Clerk's Office has no forms that can be made available for this purpose. An attorney would be able to advise as to what exactly is required. Parties proceeding without legal counsel would need to research the Code of Virginia and prepare the required pleadings.
Unless appealed, typically small claims and matters concerning rental property are handled by the Chesterfield General District Court. The General District Court is completely separate from Circuit Court and has its own Clerk and Clerk's Office. The General District Court has forms to use by which most actions can be initiated.
For more information:
Chesterfield General District Court Clerk's Office
Public service hours: 8 AM – 4 PM Monday through Friday, excluding holidays