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Important Facts about Maryland Divorce

By Garner & Garner, P.A.  Jul. 1, 2013 10:58a

Like the rest of the nation, Maryland employs no-fault divorce which means that blame, fault, or wrongdoing is not part of the divorce process. No-fault divorce allows the court to dissolve a marriage without evidence that anyone has done anything wrong. Some states have done away completely with fault-based divorces. Maryland has not. A couple in this state can seek a divorce either through the no-fault or fault-based process. To obtain a no-fault divorce, one of the spouses must claim that they have been living separate and apart for a minimum of one year. This means that they have not cohabited or been intimate with one another. The issue of "irreconcilable differences" or the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage is not part of the divorce petition.

Fault grounds for divorce in Maryland consist of adultery, desertion, a spouse being convicted of certain crimes, insanity, cruelty, and excessively cruel conduct. Desertion means that a spouse has deliberately and finally left for a period of a year without interruption and that there is no possibility of reconciliation. In some cases, a spouse may desert the other to escape conduct that is a threat to his or her health, comfort, or self-respect. This is called "constructive desertion." When a spouse is forced to leave intolerable circumstances in a constructive desertion, he or she may file for divorce based on claims that the other party was at fault. Excessively cruel conduct is any type of abuse, whether physical, verbal, or sexual which is designed to harm or impair the other or destroy their happiness or well-being. Adultery can be proven through circumstantial evidence, such as showing that the implicated spouse had an intimate relationship with another and an opportunity to engage in adulterous behavior.

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