Divorce suits are handled in the Circuit Court Clerk’s
Office Civil Division. You can check on
the status of Hanover County divorce cases by visiting Virginia’s Judicial
The Virginia State Bar publishes two pamphlets that can help
you familiarize yourself with divorce in the Commonwealth of Virginia. “Divorce in
Virginia” and “Children &
Divorce” cover some of the information that’s important to know.
A person wanting to get divorced is not required to obtain
the services of a lawyer, but lawyers commonly are employed. When deciding whether to hire a lawyer,
remember that staff in the Clerk’s Office cannot provide legal advice. Each
person involved in a divorce suit should obtain independent legal advice. If
you choose to represent yourself, you will be expected to follow the same
procedures as an attorney. If you
are unable to hire a lawyer, the Virginia State Bar’s Resources
for the Public has information about finding a lawyer. Help may also be found through the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service (800)
552-7977 (Statewide), (804) 775-0808 (Richmond), Voice/Telecommunications
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A divorce suit is started by filing with the clerk’s office
in person or by mail pleadings (commonly a Complaint) prepared in accordance
with the Code of Virginia and
the Virginia Supreme Court
together with filing and service fees that can be determined by using Virginia’s Judicial System Circuit
Court Filing Fee Calculator or by calling the Civil Division (804)
365-6147, (804) 365-6148, (804) 365-6143, (804) 365-6478. The clerk’s office does not have
court approved divorce forms.
Divorce complaints sent by mail should be addressed to
Hanover Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Attention: Civil Division, Post Office Box 39, Hanover,
VA 23069. By hand the compliant should
be delivered to the clerk’s office on the 2nd floor of the Circuit
Courthouse, 7530 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30
Before the court enters a final divorce decree, the party
requesting the divorce must submit a completed VS-4 form that can be obtained
from the clerk’s office. The clerk’s
office also can provide the Hanover County Divorce Control Sheet.
You (if you are representing yourself) or your attorney may
contact the Circuit Court Judge’s office at (804) 365-6161 to schedule hearings
or trials. Please be sure to confirm that both you and the other involved party
find the dates mutually agreeable. Trials and hearings can also be scheduled at
docket call, which begins at 2 p.m. on term days. Term days are the third
Tuesday of odd months (Jan., Mar., May, Jul., Sept., and Nov.).
The clerk’s office sends copies of final decrees of divorce
to the attorneys representing both parties.
If a party is not represented by an attorney the final decree will be
sent to him or her. You may request
copies of orders or non-confidential pleadings by appearing in person or
Hanover County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
P.O. Box 39
Hanover, VA 23069
Copies are 50 cents per page, and it costs $2 to certify a
copy. The clerk’s office accepts checks or money orders made payable to Hanover
County Circuit Court Clerk.
Request documents online through ClerkePass. There is an additional
charge for obtaining copies online.
When you request a copy in person or online you will need identifying
information such as the case number, order book and page number or the instrument
number. Clerk’s staff can help you find
documents when you visit the clerk’s office.
For court orders entered after April 1, 2002 we may be able to help you
find identifying information by phone at the numbers provided.