Questions, Answers, And Facts About Divorces in Maryland
There are two types of divorces in Maryland, a Limited Divorce and an Absolute Divorce. If you’re about to go through a divorce in the State of Maryland you’ll want to know more about the long process you’re about to go through. Learn more by reading on, or by getting in touch with us. Our divorce attorneys are ready to talk.
Table of Contents
- 1. Filing a Limited Divorce
- 2. Understanding An Absolute Divorce
- 3. Understanding the Grounds for Divorce in Maryland
- 4. Filing for Maryland Divorce Based on 1 Year of Voluntary Separation
- 5. The Lengthy Divorce Process in Maryland
- 6. When is an Annulment an Option in Maryland as Opposed to Filing for Divorce?
- 7. An Overview of Maryland Separation Agreements
A limited divorce is basically a legal separation orchestrated by a Judge, while an absolute divorce is the final act that terminates the marriage, resolves all marital property claims and permits remarriage.
Should I File a Limited Divorce?
There is no automatic need to file a limited divorce unless a person needs something from the court such as alimony, custody, visitation, child support, use and possession of the family home, and/or attorney’s fees.
A person can be separated from their spouse without filing for a limited divorce, if they live separate and apart, without cohabitation.
Through the limited divorce process a judge has no authority to handle the division of any marital property. The court only has authority to award alimony, custody, visitation, child support, use and possession of the family home, and/or attorney’s fees.
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An absolute divorce is granted after a party has grounds for a divorce.
Through the absolute divorce proceedings a judge has the authority to resolve all outstanding issues relating to the marriage, such as alimony, custody, visitation, child support, use and possession of the family home, marital property issues, retirement issues, and/or attorney’s fees.
More Information on Maryland Divorce & Separation
Proving grounds for divorce is complex; yet necessary in Maryland. Each situation is different and each of the above types of Maryland divorce cases require that specific grounds for divorce have been established.
If you and your spouse have decided to pursue a separation, a Maryland separation agreement, also called a property settlement, is usually the best way to assure all the big issues of divorce are taken into consideration and clearly spelled out. Learn more about the process of drafting a Maryland separation agreement.
Contact Our Maryland Divorce Lawyers With Locations in Glen Burnie, Columbia, & Annapolis to Discuss Your Case
The divorce lawyers at Jimeno & Gray, P.A., want to ensure you have the best information available when making decisions about ending your marriage. Contact us to schedule a face-to-face consultation to discuss the details of your Maryland divorce case.
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