Jurisdiction to grant divorce in all of the states is purely statutory and the grounds are only those set out in the statutes. Accordingly, no matter how unhappy a married couple is, or how great their desire to end the marriage, unless a statutory ground exists, there can be no relief in the form of divorce. Virginia now has nine statutory grounds for an absolute divorce from the bond of matrimony.
Charles P. Beemus,
Separation as a Ground for Divorce in Virginia,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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