The state of Maryland is an equitable distribution state, which means property distribution is determined by what the Circuit Court considers fair. Under Maryland divorce law property division may not be equal, depending on the circumstances of the divorce.
During Maryland property division, the Maryland divorce court first goes through a discovery process to determine what property and debt is marital. The divorce court then assigns a monetary value to the marital property and debt that is then distributed between the two spouses in an equitable manner. When making property awards, the Maryland divorce court will consider the following factors:
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.