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DIVORCE

There are many issues that arise along with a divorce. Divorce is a very complicated legal issue that involves many laws and nuances. This website is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of these issues. For a deeper understanding of divorce and how it relates to your specific case, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to meet with one of our experienced attorneys. 

Before diving into the more complicated issues of divorce, it is important to understand that there are two types of divorce: Absolute Divorce and Limited Divorce. In order to obtain either type of Divorce, you must prove legal grounds for divorce. An Absolute Divorce is the form of divorce that you typically hear about, it is the legal termination of the marital relationship. A limited divorce is different. A limited divorce is similar to a legal separation. Parties can be afforded certain forms of relief through a limited divorce (for example, child support) but a limited divorce does not allow the court to make plenary property distributions or other important final financial awards. For this reason, it is usually the goal to obtain an absolute divorce. One of the most important questions people have when they are contemplating a divorce is, “what will my life look like after this divorce?” Will I have custody of my children? What will my finances be like? Can I still live in my home? Although it is impossible to answer these questions definitively at the beginning of a divorce process, it is helpful to know what relief is available within a divorce. The relief available within a divorce appears below:

Property Distribution
Separation Agreements
Alimony
Use and Possession
Monetary Award
Attorney's Fees


STAGES OF DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS

Unfortunately, obtaining a divorce is not as simple as separating from a spouse. This is true even if both parties agree that they want a divorce. The reason for this stems back to the Maryland Legislature’s historical desire to keep families together or “intact.”; the laws regarding divorce in Maryland continue to reflect this idea. The Maryland Legislature has created a “Family Law “ article which governs the stages one must follow and laws regarding domestic and family relations.  In most counties of Maryland, the divorce process, from start to finish, will often take approximately a year to complete. These are various “stages” that occur during this process.  


 

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