In divorce issues you can only control your own timeline; you can’t control the other side. We also have
to take into consideration the legal timelines as set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia, especially in cases where children are involved. Unless there is a fault ground, like adultery, if you have minor children, you will need to be separated for a period in excess of one year to obtain a divorce, even if you sign a settlement agreement. If you have no minor children and are able to sign a settlement agreement, the separation period required by statute is six months and one day.