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Annapolis Divorce Alternatives Lawyer

Sometimes married couples encounter challenges they cannot overcome together and decide to separate, but they don’t want to divorce due to financial or religious reasons. If you have questions about alternatives to an absolute divorce in Annapolis, contact Arn Family Law to schedule a phone consultation with our Annapolis divorce alternatives attorney and learn more about your legal options.

How Can Arn Family Law Help with Alternatives to an Absolute Divorce?

Having Arn Family Law navigate you through the legal processes of separation can be tremendously beneficial in several ways.

  • Arn Family Law will explain all the legal implications of your situation and help you better understand your options when it comes to separation and divorce.
  • Our team of Columbia family law attorneys does not consider family law simply as a profession; it is our passion.
  • We can help you understand the legal and financial aspects of a separation, how to secure your rights during a separation, and if necessary, navigate the court system, meet necessary filing deadlines, and secure the evidence and documentation necessary to protect your interests in during the process.

We offer a full range of family law services and strive to assist our clients in all aspects of their Annapolis divorce case.

How Will an Annapolis Divorce Alternatives Attorney Assist Me?

Having a divorce alternative attorney in Annapolis can help you understand all of your options and give you peace of mind during this complex time. Arn Family Law will work closely with you to examine the details of your situation and determine whether an absolute divorce is in your best interests. If you stand to lose access to health insurance, don’t want an absolute divorce for religious reasons, or are simply not ready to formally end your marriage, negotiating a marital settlement agreement or pursuing a limited divorce may be a better option for you. We will help you determine all your options and help you choose the best course of action.

Types of Divorce in Annapolis

Maryland state law recognizes two main types of divorce: limited divorce and absolute divorce. In a limited divorce, a couple separates physically but remains married for legal purposes. An absolute divorce is a complete legal end to a marriage, and the court will issue an official divorce decree. An absolute divorce generally happens following spousal abuse, mistreatment, adultery, parties have lived separate and apart for a period of one year or simply mutual consent when the couple decides their marriage is beyond saving.

Alternatives to Absolute Divorce: Separation and Annulment

An absolute divorce is a complete end to a marriage that allows each divorcée to remarry if they choose. Ending a marriage in this manner essentially allows each divorced spouse to qualify as “single” for legal purposes again, including remarriage. A limited divorce or separation is not an official end to a marriage, so a separated person or person who has a limited divorce cannot remarry, and if he or she engages in sexual relations with someone else it would still constitute adultery.

A limited divorce may be beneficial to some couples who no longer wish to live together but still want to take advantage of the financial benefits of marriage. For example, an older couple who do not want to deal with the hassle of property division or financial uncertainty may decide on a legal separation instead and remain married for legal and financial purposes if neither of them has any desire to remarry.

The other alternative to an absolute divorce is an annulment or an official decree that a marriage never actually existed in the first place. An annulment is only possible under specific conditions, such as one of the spouses is already officially married to someone else at the time of the marriage, a marriage performed under duress or coercion, or a consanguineous marriage between relatives closer than first cousins.