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Maryland Grounds for Divorce

Maryland divorce courts accept both no fault and fault grounds for divorce. Under Maryland divorce law, permanent divorce is called an absolute divorce.

In Maryland divorce there are two kinds of no fault divorce. A couple needs to be mutually and voluntarily separated for more than a year with no hope or expectation of reconciliation for either spouse to file for divorce. According to Maryland divorce law, mutual and voluntary is defined as both parties willing to separate, without coercion or threat, with the intent to end the marriage. Either spouse can also petition for a no fault divorce if the couple has been separated for two years. During the Maryland divorce process, there may be other Maryland divorce waiting periods you and your spouse must follow to ensure reconciliation isn't possible. Couples must also meet the Maryland residency requirement before being able to file for divorce.

Maryland divorce courts accept a number of grounds for fault divorce, including:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion for at least a year
  • Voluntary separation for a year
  • Imprisonment for three years
  • Living separate for two years
  • Insanity if the spouse has been hospitalized for three years
  • Cruel treatment
  • Excessively vicious conduct toward the filing spouse or a minor child of the filing spouse - if there isn't expectation of reconciliation

Speak to a local Maryland divorce lawyer to learn about filing for divorce in Maryland. Get advice on how Maryland divorce law and state requirements could affect your divorce. Get connected today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Maryland divorce case review.

The above synopsis of Maryland divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Maryland divorce lawyer in your area.

Maryland divorce laws were last updated April 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.