Laws on dating a minor in virginia
Virginia law recognizes two types of divorce: divorce from bed and board (a mensa et thoro) and a divorce from the bond of matrimony (a vinculo matrimonii).
A divorce from bed and board is a partial or qualified divorce under which the parties are legally separated from each other but are not permitted to remarry.
Effective July 1, 2008, the subsequent marriage of an adult to a minor (14 years of age or older) is not a defense to statutory rape of that child.According to criminal reporting statistics from the Virginia State Police, the majority (71%) of forcible sex offenses reported to law enforcement in 2007 were non-stranger offenses.Of these offenses, approximately 28% involved offenses committed against family or household members or intimate dating partners.The Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar prepared this pamphlet to provide the public with basic answers to some of the fundamental legal questions concerning divorce and separation in Virginia.
We hope that this information will help people understand some of the complications that can arise in this area of the law.The law requires that "grounds" (valid reasons for divorce prescribed by law) for divorce must exist and be proven to the court even if the parties agree that a marriage should end. A mere separation by mutual consent will not be considered desertion.