Even after a couple has made the decision that divorce is the right choice for them and their family, the process is still emotionally difficult. 

Maryland Divorce Law

There are two types of divorce – absolute and limited. To obtain either type of divorce, at least one legal basis or “ground” must be established. Some grounds require that a party prove their spouse committed misconduct in the marriage. These are called “fault” grounds. “No-fault” grounds do not require a showing of misconduct. For example, an absolute or limited divorce can be granted on the ground of a 12-month separation of the parties.

There are 7 Grounds for Absolute Divorce in Maryland

  • Adultery 
  • Desertion
  • Cruel treatment of party or child 
  • Excessively vicious conduct 
  • Incarceration or Conviction 
  • Insanity 
  • Separation of the parties for at least 12 months 
  • Mutual consent

There are 4 grounds for Limited Divorce in Maryland

  • Separation of the parties for at least 12 months 
  • Cruel treatment of party or child 
  • Excessively vicious conduct 
  • Desertion

The best approach for your divorce depends on your circumstances, including the level of cooperation between the partners, the length of the marriage, and whether there are children involved. 

Protect Your Rights 

Even if your separation has been amicable and you agree on most issues, it is always a good idea to consult with an experienced divorce attorney who can protect your rights and work with you in achieving a positive outcome.

An Experienced Lawyer You Can Trust

For years, Ms. Zlatkus has been at her clients’ side, guiding them through the divorce process, while looking out for their best interests. To learn more about how Z Family Law can advocate for you, contact us today. 

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