If you are enduring difficult family law issues such as divorce, child support, spousal support and child custody it is emotionally draining. A divorce is by far one of the most taxing life events you will ever go through. You need all of the support you can get. This includes legal support as well as emotional. Our Annapolis Maryland divorce lawyers have many years experience handling all types of family law issues. Please contact them to discuss your rights, how to protect them as well as protecting your children and financial interests.
Our Anne Arundel County, Maryland divorce attorneys serve the entire central Maryland area including Annapolis, Aberdeen, Baltimore, Bel Air, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Columbia, Dundalk, Ellicott City, Essex, Fallston, Glen Burnie, Severna Park, Towson & Westminster, MD.
Maryland Divorce Laws
The state of Maryland’s divorce laws are highlighted in the chart below. They differ slightly from other states but are still very complex. As any family law issue is high stakes because your child or children are involved, assets, finances and property you should not handle these legal issues yourself. Let our Glen Burnie, MD divorce attorneys protect your rights and interests.
|Code Section||Fam. Law §7-101-103|
|Residency Requirements||If grounds occurred outside the state, one party must have resided in state 1 yr. before filing.|
|Waiting Period||Upon meeting requirements, absolute divorce granted.|
|‘No Fault’ Grounds for Divorce||Separation (2 yrs. or voluntary for 12 months); limited divorce for cruelty, vicious conduct; separation; desertion.|
|Defenses to a Divorce Filing||Recrimination or condonation is a factor but not an absolute bar.|
|Other Grounds for Divorce||Adultery; desertion for 12 mos. without interruption; insanity (confined for 3 yrs.); conviction of crime (sentenced for at least 3 yrs. and served at least 12 months); cruelty, excessively vicious conduct; voluntary separation grounds for limited divorce.|
Maryland No Fault Divorce Laws
Maryland is one of many states that offers what has come to be known as a “no fault” divorce. In a no fault divorce, you do not have to allege or prove any specific wrongdoing in order to get a divorce.
Under Maryland divorce laws, you only have to demonstrate that you and your spouse have been separated for involuntarily for two years or voluntarily for 12 months. Maryland law also provides alternatives to the standard divorce known as an annulment and legal separation, which have separate requirements and only apply to certain circumstances.
If you and your soon-to-be ex have any children together, you should also be aware of Maryland child custody laws, as well as state statutes pertaining to child support guidelines.
Contact Our Annapolis Maryland Divorce Lawyers
The divorce process can be emotionally and legally tumultuous, even in the best-case scenarios. Since divorce often involves child custody and other intangibles, it makes sense to protect your interests by hiring an attorney. Get started today by having our Annapolis, Maryland divorce attorneys review your case.