Civil & Divorce

Civil Matters

The Circuit Court of Giles County is the trial court with the broadest powers in the state. The Circuit Court handles all Civil cases with claims of more than $15,000. It shares authority with the General District Court to hear matters involving between $4500 and $15,000.

Civil cases are disputes between individuals or entities, or groups of individuals or entities. Monetary damages are usually sought and normally involve some type of civil wrong doing or breach of contract.

Examples of Civil matters are divorce, guardian/conservator appointments, adoption, property disputes, will and estate matters, Church Trustee appointments, etc.

The Circuit Court has exclusive jurisdiction involving divorce and annulment matters, including property settlement and equitable distribution of marital assets. Matters such as child support, custody, and visitation may originate in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

When filing Civil matters in the Circuit Court, it is highly recommended that the filing party hire an attorney. The Circuit Court does not typically provide the initiating forms and the paperwork must be prepared in accordance with the Code of Virginia and Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.

Please do not ask office personnel for legal advice or assistance. Office personnel are prohibited by state law from giving you legal advice or assistance. You are strongly encouraged to hire an attorney.

Divorce

If you choose to represent yourself, you will be expected to follow the same procedures as an attorney. Please do not ask office personnel for legal advice or assistance. Office personnel are prohibited by state law from giving you legal advice or assistance. You are strongly encouraged to hire an attorney.