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Pro se means that a party to a lawsuit is representing himself or herself. As with all legal issues, we highly recommend that you hire an attorney. Resources for finding an attorney can be found at the end of this document. You are not required to hire an attorney. If you decide to proceed pro se, remember that you must follow the same rules as if you had an attorney. Library staff cannot give you legal advice nor can court personnel. We cannot tell you which forms you need to use, nor can we assist you in completing the forms. There are no fill-in-the-blank divorce forms. The following resources will provide information about the divorce process in Virginia and will also give you sample forms which you may retype with your specific information.

A Sampling of Print Resources at the Library:
File for Divorce in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia by James J. Gross Provides divorce law for Virginia and includes sample forms.
How To File Your Own Divorce by Edward A. Haman Provides general information about the divorce process. Appendix provides limited information specific to each state. Sample forms, not specific to Virginia are provided.
Divorce Yourself: The National No Fault Divorce Kit By Daniel Sitarz Provides general information about the divorce process. Appendix provides limited information specific to each state. Sample forms, not specific to Virginia are provided.
Code of Virginia 1950, Annotated State law of Virginia. You may want to read the divorce laws to familiarize yourself with the process. Many other print resources area available at the public library.
Family Law Theory and Practice With Forms

Internet Resources
Divorcenet A great resource for information about divorce law. It offers specific information for each state.
Potomac Legal Aid Provides information about legal aid services including divorce. You will find a divorce pamphlet under the Helpful Information link that provides a basic guide to divorce in Virginia. Contact Potomac Legal Aid at 618 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 2A, 540 374 9101 to determine eligibility for legal aid services. Contact Potomac Legal Aid and ask about monthly educational clinics on uncontested divorce matters. Under the Resources link, click on manuals and read the Pro bono Uncontested Divorce Clinic Handout. Also, check out the various pamphlets under Resources. There is also an online intake application.
Rappahannock Legal Aid
Rappahannock Legal Aid is the location where people will go for services. Rappahannock Legal Aid is located at 618 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 1A, 540-371-1105.
Legal Services of Northern Virginia In the Family Law section you will find information about divorce in Virginia. If you type divorce in the search box you will get a link to Overview of Divorce in Virginia, a pdf document that provides information about starting a divorce in Virginia, including what to include in your complaint for divorce.
Fairfax County Divorce Brochure Fairfax County offers a Pro Se Divorce Brochure. Follow the link on this website. Information is provided for the divorce procedure. Be aware that the information provided is for Fairfax County. If you are filing in a different county you must comply with the requirements of the county where you are filing.
Prince William County Divorce Information Prince William County provides a six month separation and a one year separation divorce packet for people wishing to file pro se. As with the Fairfax County information, be aware that you need to comply with the requirements of the county in which you are filing.
Women's Law
This web site provides useful information for women facing divorce, abuse, custody and other issues. You can find resources by state.
Virginia Code - Domestic Relations
Search Title 20 for Virginia laws pertaining to divorce.

Finding An Attorney Virginia State Bar Lawyer Referral The Virginia State Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service. Prepayment of a nominal fee is required for your initial consultation and then you will be referred to an attorney who can assist you.
Martindale Hubbel Martindale Hubbel offers a free online service to search for attorneys in specific geographic areas as well as by practice area.

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