Going through a divorce is a very emotional and stressful time in someone’s life. Adding navigating a divorce case through the court system only intensifies that stress. There may be arguments surrounding child support, child custody, alimony, and the division of marital assets and debts. The Law Office of Chelsea M. Sadler, LLC can help you through the process. Chelsea believes that divorce should be the last option in a marriage and will inquire of steps taken to reconcile. Once it is clear that the parties have exhausted all reconciliation options, Chelsea will be able to explain the process to you, prepare and file the appropriate pleadings, and provide you with advice on the next steps to take. Chelsea will give your case the attention necessary to achieve your goals. By having someone on your side who genuinely cares about your case, the divorce process can be completed with limited stress and anxiety.
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 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
- One-year separation and no expectation of reconciliation
Limited divorce grants a spouse the right to live separately 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
- Voluntary separation of the parties with no expectation of reconciliation