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Divorce may take longer to complete for some couples

When a couple realizes that their marriage is over, they generally start taking steps toward dissolution. Divorce is a process that, for some, can be completed quickly and, for others, may take time. For those in Maryland and elsewhere who are working through the divorce process, but something sidelines their progress, it is okay to take care of what is needed and come back to it when ready. One woman recently shared her divorce story and how her soon-to-be ex-husband's health affected the process.

This particular woman began her relationship with her husband at 18 years of age. After 20 years of marriage, she knew that it was no longer what she wanted, so the couple separated and began working toward divorce. During this time, her husband became ill, and it took doctors quite a while to finally determine what was causing his symptoms -- heart failure. Because of his health matters, the divorce was put on hold, as it was another stress that simply could not be tackled immediately. However, the couple remained separated throughout this time.

There is no saying how long this woman's husband will survive with his diagnosis. After three years of being there for medical treatments, she has decided to finalized her divorce and move forward. Surely not an easy decision, but it is one she felt was right for her family situation.

This woman has faced circumstances that may seem familiar to some couples residing in Maryland. Sometimes things happen and divorce is put on the back-burner, and that is okay. When the time is right to continue one's filing, legal assistance is available to make sure a fair and balanced divorce settlement is reached.

Source:, "How illness changed our divorce plans", Joanne Walker, Jan. 9, 2016

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