In Maryland and the District of Columbia, Divorce is the legal conclusion of an existing marriage. There are different types of divorces in Maryland and the District of Columbia. In order to file for divorce, you must have grounds (a legally acceptable basis for filing) exist that can either be fault or no fault-based. Fault-based grounds include adultery, desertion, the cruelty of treatment or excessively vicious conduct, the conviction of a crime, and insanity. In contrast, no-fault grounds for divorce include a 12-month separation and mutual consent without a waiting period or requirement of separation if the parties have an agreement.
There are two types of divorce—ABSOLUTE and LIMITED.
An Absolute Divorce completely undoes the marriage and entitles both parties to remarry; marital property to be divided, and alimony (if applicable) to be awarded.
A Limited Divorce (or legal separation in the District of Columbia) is essentially a separation from “bed and board” where the parties live separately and do not cohabitate under the same roof for a specified period. With a limited divorce, the parties are still legally married so they cannot remarry or divide property but are entitled to alimony on a temporary basis.
Going through a divorce of any kind can be burdensome when considering all of the physical and emotional division that comes along with it.
There are requirements that must be met before either party is even entitled to file for Divorce. Therefore, obtaining a competent Maryland or District of Columbia Divorce attorney is essential.
If you are filing for Divorce in Prince George's or anywhere in Maryland or DC, let the Murphy Law Firm help you legally end your marriage.
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