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There are more options available in Maryland than just getting a divorce if your marriage is experiencing turbulence. A divorce can't be so easily undone and it may not be what you and your partner need. There are so many legal details to consider about ending your marriage, as well. Learning about the various options and laws in Maryland could help save you and your partner from making a potentially harmful and lasting decision.
LawInfo's Maryland Divorce Law articles can help relieve some of the stress of the process. You'll learn about the state's divorce prerequisites, how property is divided and many other divorce topics. Whether you need assistance in Silver Spring, Frederick or Baltimore, LawInfo can help connect you with a Maryland divorce attorney.
There are two major types of divorces you can get in Maryland, each of which serves a different purpose. An absolute divorce is a standard dissolution of a marriage. A limited divorce, however, is not a complete dissolution.
A limited divorce is similar to a legal separation in other states. However, unlike legal separation, a limited divorce requires a court's approval and may only be granted upon one of several fault grounds, including:
The marriage remains intact in a limited divorce but the usual terms of divorce—such as alimony, property distribution and child custody—are still enforced during the couple's separation.
Where a limited divorce in Maryland sets the minimum requirements for a legal separation, an absolute divorce sets specific and expanded requirements for a dissolution of a marriage. For example, to attain an absolute divorce on the grounds of continuous separation or desertion, Maryland law requires a specific amount of time to pass in each case among other requirements.
The grounds for an absolute divorce include:
There is an optional "no-fault" absolute divorce ground available in which both parties mutually consent to a divorce and:
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified divorce lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local divorce attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.