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Getting a Divorce in Annapolis, MD?

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A divorce action is a court order legally ending a marriage. In Maryland, there are two types of divorce: limited divorce and absolute divorce. At Rice Law, we help clients with both types of divorces. Our Annapolis lawyer can explain the differences between the two types of divorce and help you determine the best way to move forward in your situation.

For advice specific to your situation, call (410) 709-8971 to schedule a consultation with one of our Annapolis attorneys. 

What is a Limited Divorce?

A limited divorce is granted when the parties do not have grounds for an absolute divorce but need the court’s assistance on limited matters, including custody, visitation, child support, alimony, and use and possession of the marital home. The action does not end the marriage, but instead, results in a Court Order, or an agreement, on some of the issues listed above.

What is an Absolute Divorce?

An absolute divorce permanently ends a marriage. The final divorce decree specifies how property is to be divided, alimony, custody of any minor children, child support payments, and any changes to the last name of either spouse. Jointly owned property is divided equitably, which may or may not mean equally. Any agreements, such as a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement will be enforceable during a divorce. In order to file for an absolute divorce, the person must have grounds for the divorce.

Grounds for divorce in Maryland may include:

  • One year separation
  • Adultery
  • Mutual consent
  • Desertion
  • Insanity
  • Cruel or violent treatment
  • Incarceration of three or more years

For either type of divorce, Maryland has statutory residency requirements. If the grounds for divorce did not happen in Maryland, there is a six-month residency requirement. When using insanity as the grounds, the residency requirement is two years. There is no residency requirement when both spouses are residents of the state and the grounds for the divorce occurred in Maryland.

If you are contemplating divorce, call our lawyer at (410) 709-8971 to discuss the options that are available to you under Maryland state law.

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