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The Ultimate Guide to Divorce in Maryland

The Difference Between a Limited and Absolute Divorce

Limited Versus Absolute Divorce in Marland

If you are thinking about getting a divorce in Maryland, you may hear the terms “limited” and “absolute” when it comes to divorce. Many people who are considering dissolving their marriages aren’t aware of what the differences between limited and absolute divorces are. Knowing may help you understand the process better.

What Exactly is a Limited Divorce?

The limited divorce, also known as a legal separation, isn’t a divorce at all. A limited divorce is a tool used by the court to supervise and legalize separation and provide financial support. Those who are in the midst of limited divorces are not permitted to have sexual relations with each other, or anyone else; doing so is considered adultery. They are also not allowed to live with one another, although they are still considered to be legally married. Additionally, property owned by both spouses with remain property of both. Maryland law does not require you to have a limited divorce before you can have an actual divorce; it often simply provides a way for both parties to settle their differences when it comes to agreeing to terms of the Maryland divorce.

What’s an Absolute Divorce?

Absolute Divorce LawAn absolute divorce is a complete dissolution of the marriage. Each spouse is no longer married to the other, and are legally free to join relationships with others. With an absolute divorce, custody agreements, child and spousal support, property issues and other such subjects are addressed and determined. You must prove the elements of the grounds for divorce before your absolute divorce is granted.

What’s Best for Me in My Situation?

Know what’s best for you can be tricky. Our lawyer Frank Gray can answer this question. Each divorce is different, and complicated. For some of you a limited might be need, for most and absolute is probably the way to go. Frank can help.

Going through a divorce in Maryland is difficult on just about everyone involved. If you don’t understand what is happening and neglect to make the proper decisions, you could pay. Attempting to complete your divorce on your own could end in disaster.

The Maryland family law attorneys of Jimeno & Gray, P.A., have much experience representing people just like you. Give us a call at (410) 590-9401 to speak with a lawyer, and to request your free copy of the book What Your Spouse Doesn’t Want You to Know: The Ultimate Guide to Divorce in Maryland, written by Frank C. Gray, Jr.