Maryland recognizes two (2) types of divorce: a limited divorce and an absolute divorce. An absolute divorce ends a marriage and resolves the rights and obligations of the parties arising out of the marital relationship. An absolute divorce may include a resolution of custody issues, a final division of assets, the disposition of retirement benefits, or an award of support. A limited divorce is a judicial determination recognizing the separation of the parties. The limited divorce does not terminate the marriage relationship or finalize the division of property or other rights and obligations arising out of the marriage.
Although parties can reach an agreement resolving all property and custody issues arising out of a marriage, a divorce can proceed only with the presentation of testimony and evidence in a court of law. Although a court is unlikely to revisit issues resolved by agreement, the testimony and evidence presented in court must establish one of the grounds for divorce which are specified by law. Numerous grounds for divorce exist, such as a one year (Maryland) or six month (the District of Columbia) separation, adultery, desertion, or cruelty of treatment.
As the emotional toll that separation or divorce can take is often akin to the impact of the death of a loved one, we work closely with you to carefully guide you in addressing concerns arising in the separation or divorce process. Whether there is uncertainty regarding custodial arrangements, financial security, or lack of familiarity with the options for conflict resolution, we can assist you with the myriad issues raised by separation or divorce.