In the state of Maryland, it is necessary to have a legal separation for a period of one year before you can obtain an absolute divorce. Filling a legal separation agreement with a Rockville divorce attorney handles alimony, child custody, child support and other divorce issues but, in Maryland, separation is a fact, meaning that the two people do not live under the same roof and have not been continuing a sexual relationship.
Our state law has some of the more difficult requirements for divorce in the nation. An experienced Rockville divorce attorney from our firm can help you get through the process with your interests and objectives as the top concern and focus. There are two possible situations in which an absolute divorce could be sought without the one year period of legal separation. These are cases in which one of the couple has committed adultery, or when there is severe spousal abuse. In either of these two situations a Rockville divorce attorney will be needed to present the case to the court and support the request for immediate marriage dissolution.
A no-fault divorce is possible when the two parties have separated for a year and there is no hope of reconciliation, and an absolute divorce decree is possible to achieve quickly after a separation of two years.
Due to the large amount of cases being filed you should not wait until after the year of legal separation to file for your divorce, as there can be delays and waits before getting to court for trial Divorce is a difficult personal and legal issue, and the our state's laws don't make these matters any easier. The Gardner Law Firm, P.C. provides experience and expertise in these matters, offering you the best strategy from a comprehensive array of dispute resolution methods. Our goal is to get you the best possible results with regard to your property, finances, access to your children and to zealously protect your rights and interests.
Contact a Rockville divorce attorney to discuss your options today.