Legal Information: West Virginia

Know the Laws

Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

Information about permanent and temporary domestic violence protective orders.

General information about custody in West Virginia.

Custody and kidnapping are complicated and it is important to try to find an experienced lawyer to help you with your case. The terms used on this page are defined generally, and may have different meanings in your state.  Please check your specific state's laws.  If this site does not yet have information for your state, please check with a lawyer.

WomensLaw.org currently does not have information about divorce in West Virginia.  However, we hope the following links to outside sources may be helpful.

Legal Aid of West Virginia provides a number of divorce resources, including:

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in West Virginia and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue the abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.