Divorce Lawyers in Columbia, Maryland
Supporting You Throughout Your Case in Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Surrounding Counties
Deciding to get a divorce is difficult.
Sometimes, separating from your spouse is the only way to resolve critical issues and create a brighter future.
If you and your spouse decide to end your marriage, it is important that you obtain experienced legal counsel as soon as possible.
To obtain a divorce in Maryland, you or your spouse must have resided in Maryland for the year prior to filing for divorce or alternatively, you can file for divorce in Maryland if the grounds for the divorce occurred within the state’s boundaries.
There are two types of divorce that may be ordered by a Maryland court: absolute and limited divorce.
Absolute Divorce: an absolute divorce ends the marital relationship completely.
In order to be granted an absolute divorce, you must file for the dissolution of marriage based on certain grounds. These grounds include:
- Adultery (opportunity and disposition required)
- Desertion for twelve consecutive months
- Separation with no expectation of reconciliation for twelve consecutive months
- Excessively vicious conduct or cruelty of treatment while the parties are still residing together
- Conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor with a sentence of at least three or more years with incarceration for at least one year at the time the petition for divorce is filed
- Incurable insanity, resulting in the spouse’s institutionalization for at least three years
- Mutual consent, without any time period required, if:
1. The parties mutually consent to an absolute divorce
2. The parties entered into a marital separation agreement resolving all issues arising outside of their marriage, including marital property, child custody, and child support issues
3. Neither party has moved to set aside the marital separation agreement at the time of the absolute divorce hearing.
Limited Divorce: a limited divorce may be ordered when parties do not have the grounds for an absolute divorce.
This allows spouses to live separately from one another and permits the court to resolve certain issues related to the marriage, including child-related issues. However, the parties remain married until they meet the criteria to file for an absolute divorce.
A limited divorce order can decide custody, child support, and possession of the home and personal property; however, the court can’t divide marital or jointly owned property.
Facts About Limited Divorce
- You must still be able to meet Maryland’s residency requirements in order to be eligible for a limited divorce
- Limited divorces are generally not permanent
- You can get a limited divorce while you seek an absolute divorce
- A limited divorce can be revoked if both parties apply to be discharged from the divorce. This would allow the couple to return to the state of being legally married
- Spouses who are under a limited divorce may not have sexual relations with each other, nor may they remarry
- Sexual relations with anyone else during a limited divorce may be considered adultery
To determine whether a limited divorce is right for you, speak with a divorce lawyer as quickly as possible.
Pendente Lite Relief
In many cases, relief is needed while the divorce is still pending. Matters like child support, alimony, visitation, litigation costs, and use and possession of the family home are issues that cannot wait until a divorce is finalized.
Pendente lite relief allows a party to seek a temporary order from the court while divorce litigation is pending.
ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY FLAG
Divorce cases are often the most complex legal cases. They combine the certainty of the law with the uncertainty of a party’s emotional response associated with the dissolution of a once vital, meaningful relationship.
The divorce attorneys at the Family Legal Advocacy Group, LLC are experienced, empathetic, and zealous advocates for our clients. We attempt to resolve your divorce case by implementing alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation, negotiation and a collaborative approach. These techniques are usually more advantageous from a financial and emotional perspective for our clients. In some cases, a resolution can only be achieved through litigation. When parties are unable to agree or compromise on certain matters, our attorneys will advocate for your position in court.
We can help you litigate a variety of issues, including:
- Grounds for absolute divorce
- Property division
- Debt division
- Alimony/spousal support
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Court order modification
We can provide you with the zealous legal advocacy you need during the litigation process, and we will passionately fight for your rights and best interests under Maryland law.
Although few people look forward to litigation as a way to resolve their divorce issues, with a seasoned divorce lawyer at your side, you can face the process with confidence.
Throughout the divorce process, you can be assured that your position will be fiercely advocated in the courtroom and by means of settlement by experienced, seasoned, zealous advocates at Family Legal Advocacy Group. You and your family’s well-being are at the forefront of our representation.
Call our office (410) 884-0400 to schedule an Initial Consultation to discuss your legal rights.
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