Maryland Divorce Law

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Maryland Divorce Guidelines

Maryland's Residency Requirements

If the grounds for divorce occurred outside of Maryland, the petitioner must have been a Maryland resident for 1 year before filing the divorce papers.

Otherwise, there is no residency requirement to file divorce forms in Maryland.

 

Maryland's Grounds for Divorce

Maryland residents may file for divorce under fault or no-fault grounds.

Maryland's no-fault grounds is:

  • living separate and apart for 1 or more years without reconciliation

Maryland's fault grounds include:

  • adultery
  • confinement due to insanity for 3 or more years
  • vicious conduct with no reconciliation
 

Maryland's Child Custody Guidelines

Divorcing parents are allowed to collaborate on a child custody arrangement. If the parents cannot reach a decision, a Maryland court will make a ruling.

Maryland courts consider factors such as:

  • any evidence or history of abuse
 

Maryland's Child Support Guidelines

If the parents cannot agree on the amount of child support and the paying parent, child support will be decided by state-specific calculations and guidelines.

Maryland courts consider factors such as:

  • any alimony, or other expense-related arrangements
  • each parent's duty to support any other children
 

Maryland's Spousal Support Guidelines

Spousal support can be paid in one lump sum, in installments, or periodically. The spouses may determine the spousal support amount and payment schedule, or the courts may award spousal support.

Maryland courts consider factors such as:

  • the standard of living experienced during the marriage
  • each spouse's contribution to the marriage, including contributions to the other spouse's career, homemaking, and child care
  • duration of the marriage
  • each spouse's earning capacity and financial resources
 

Maryland's Property Division Guidelines

Maryland has adopted equitable distribution guidelines, which means all property (including gifts and inheritances) will be divided as fairly and equally as possible. Spouses may collaborate on the property distribution, but if they are unable to agree the courts will make a ruling.

Maryland courts will consider factors such as:

  • duration of the marriage
  • any marital fault
  • each spouse's financial situation after the divorce
 

Maryland's Venue Guidelines

A petitioner may file the divorce forms in their county of residence, or in the respondent's Maryland county of residence.

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