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Maryland Property Division

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:

  • Monetary and nonmonetary contributions of each spouse to the well-being of the family
  • Contributions by either spouse that lead to the acquisition of real property
  • How and when marital property or interest in property was acquired, including the effort expended by each party in accumulating the property
  • Value of property interests of each spouse
  • Circumstances contributing to the divorce
  • Length of the marriage
  • Each spouse's age
  • Physical and mental condition of each spouse
  • Any alimony award or other provision the divorce court ordered with respect to family use of personal property or the family home
  • Other relevant factors the divorce court considers necessary or appropriate when making an equitable property division
A local Maryland divorce lawyer can further explain how the circumstances of your divorce will affect Maryland property division. Connect with a Maryland divorce lawyer to protect your property and assets. Call 877-349-1310 or fill out a Maryland divorce case review to find a Maryland divorce lawyer near you today.

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.