When can I get married?

You must be 18 years old to get married unless you have been emancipated (declared an adult) by a court.

What does it mean in legal terms to get married?

Marriage is a contract and a married couple has duties and responsibilities toward one another until one of them dies or the relationship is legally terminated. In a marriage, it is the duty of each spouse to provide support to the other spouse, and this duty often continues for one spouse even if the marriage results in separation or divorce. …

What does it mean in legal terms to get divorced?

A divorce is a method of dissolving the legal contract that binds a couple together in marriage. The couple must have “grounds” or legal reasons that allow you to file for and for a court to grant you a divorce. To get a divorce in Virginia, one of the following must be shown:  Sexual intercourse or sodomy with someone outside …

Does the mother always get custody of the children?

No. In Virginia, both parents stand on equal footing in a custody dispute, and there is no preference for a mother over a father. The determining issue in all custody and/or visitation cases is the best interests of the child. To reach that determination, a judge must consider a number of statutory factors.