Annapolis Divorce Lawyer
Dedicated Divorce Lawyers Primarily Serving Howard, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Queen Anne’s and Calvert Counties
Arn Family Law has a diverse divorce practice focused on meeting the emotional and financial needs of each client and their children. We take seriously our four commitments to our clients and will fully explain the law of divorce in Maryland and your options with regard both to the divorce process and to the best outcomes for you and your family.
Divorce law overlaps with many of our other family law practice areas. During the divorce process, we can assist you with each of the following matters:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Marital Property Distribution
- Spousal Support (Alimony)
- Parenting Plans
- Marital Settlement Agreements
Same-sex couples in Maryland dealing with divorce face these same issues, as well as issues unique to same-sex marriages. The attorneys at Arn Family Law are familiar with same-sex marriage and divorce law and can help same-sex couples and their families through the divorce process.
The Divorce Process in Maryland
Parties in Maryland have various options with regard to the divorce process, including collaboration and litigation. To compare the advantages and disadvantages of several common dispute resolution processes, please see our Comparison of Dispute Resolution Processes. When possible, Mediation or a Collaborative Divorce are good solutions for parties who want to minimize the stressful antagonism of divorce by engaging in a mutually respectful process and avoiding court litigation.
Follow the link above for a list of frequently asked questions about divorce.
Grounds for Divorce in Maryland
There are two types of divorce in Maryland: Absolute Divorce and Limited Divorce.
An Absolute Divorce ends the marital relationship completely. There are seven grounds for an absolute divorce in Maryland:
- Desertion for a period of 12 months,
- Cruelty of treatment towards one’s spouse or the minor child of the spouse, if there is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation,
- Excessively Vicious Conduct towards one’s spouse or the minor child of the spouse, if there is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation,
- Insanity where the insane spouse has been confined to a mental institution for three years prior to the filing of the complaint for divorce,
- Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor in any court where the convicted spouse has been sentenced to serve at least 3 years in a penal institution and at the time of the filing for divorce has already served 12 months of the sentence, or
- One-year separation and no expectation of reconciliation.
- Mutual consent if the parties submit a written settlement agreement to the court signed by both individuals that addresses a custody and support of minor children, alimony and distribution of property, and at least one party appears at the divorce hearing.
A Limited Divorce grants a spouse the right to live separate from the other spouse but does not end the legal marital relationship. Accordingly, spouses are not free to remarry upon the entry of a limited divorce. There are four grounds for a Limited Divorce in Maryland:
- Cruelty of treatment towards one’s spouse or the minor child of the spouse,
- Excessively Vicious Conduct towards one’s spouse or the minor child of the spouse,
- Desertion, or
- Separation of the parties for less than one year.
If you are considering a divorce in Maryland, call the divorce lawyers at Arn Family Law at (240) 345-2015, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our online contact form. During your initial consultation, we will take the time to answer your questions and give you the advice you need to decide how to move forward.