Quoting Momma +2 Girls:" Id definitely talk to another attorney. If u started ur divorce paperwork a year ago, why is ur lawyer ... [snip!] ... now finding out that u cant get divorced until ur 18? Seems like something they should have known or inquired about sooner."
In Virginia, you have to be legally separated for a year before even filing for divorce. Her attorney probably wasn't aware that she'd have to wait until she was 18 to legally file for divorce. Since you don't have to file legal papers for separation, since it can be defined in many ways, she didn't run into trouble there. The divorce is a whole different ballpark and is a unique situation. Lawyers learn as they go, they don't know everything.