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Grounds for divorce in Maryland and other requirements

When a person makes the decision to end his or her marriage, it is completely normal for that individual to have numerous questions about the process. One common concern involves whether state requirements have been met in order to complete a filing. All states have specific requirements that must be satisfied in order for couples to seek dissolution of their marriages. In Maryland, there are several, one of which includes citing acceptable grounds for divorce.

Before it is even possible for an individual to file for divorce in Maryland, he or she will have to provide proof of residency. According to state divorce laws, in order to meet this condition one must show that he or she has lived in the state for at least a year. After this waiting period and upon the completion of any other requirements, a divorce can be finalized fairly quickly.

After residency has been successfully established, a petitioner will have to provide accepted grounds for requesting the dissolution. There are some states that only have no fault divorce laws. Maryland, however, has both a list of approved grounds and no fault laws. The list of standard grounds includes:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Cruelty
  • Incurable insanity

If one wishes to file a no fault divorce, in which no specific reason is required, he or she must provide evidence of separation. For those who have separated involuntarily, the waiting period is two years. Those who have separated voluntarily, on the other hand, are only required to wait 12 months.

When one is ready to move on from his or her marriage, having to meet certain requirements to obtain a divorce may seem frustrating. An experienced divorce attorney can help determine which conditions one has already met and which are still needed -- putting together a time line that can help make the waiting process easier to bear. When requirements are completed, further assistance with filing appropriate documents, negotiating settlement terms and litigating any problems in court is also available.

Source: FindLaw, "Maryland Legal Requirements for Divorce", Accessed on Sept. 2, 2015

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