There is no such term as a legal separation in Virginia.
However, you may obtain a limited divorce, also called a "divorce a mensa et thoro" (from bed and board).
A limited divorce may have some advantages in certain cases, for example, remaining on health insurance, or tax benefits.
A limited divorce also requires that you have grounds.
This is not a hypothesis I would care to defend tooth and nail, but for what it's worth... Anyways, I think it comes down to, knowledge of their age, or if you had reason to suspect.
It's hard to arrest someone for something like this without intent, and if they just ended up being younger, there's no intent to do anything with a child. This is where "prosecutorial discretion" comes into play.
In fact there have been cases where people have been busted arriving at the meeting place which was actually arranged by undercover agents.
However with videocams and chat rooms being formed by the hundreds, is it illegal for an adult to 1) chat sexually online with a minor, 2) have "cybersex" with or without live video with a minor, 3) send self-sexual photos or video to a minor 4) receive self-sexual photos from a minor or 5) engage in phone sex with a minor...- I suggest you skip the phone stuff, save your nickles and vacation in Tailand.Bring condoms; the local brands are reputedly dicey. Im not saying children which I think are classified 13 and under) get in those chat/video rooms and its like having free candy in a candy store to them. and Im sure laws will be enacted to prevent it, but are they in place now? - Rick Chatting with someone who ends up being underaged likely wouldn't be a legal problem if they didn't indicate that they were a child.- Rick Addendum: It goes without saying that to violate the federal law, you must have transported the violative material between states. They should have, imho, had a very young cop, in pig tails, there, waiting for him, and arrested him only after he didn't say "Oops, I've made a mistake." The way they did it, imho it's likely he'll get off.However, I have found cases that seem to stand for the proposition that any Internet transmission satisfies this element. But, he'll still be ruined for life, I mean, having your name publicized in this context, even if you are innocent, is pretty likely to ruin a career.The spouse who files for divorce must have been a bona fide resident and domiciliary of Virginia for six months.