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Also check out the requirements for a Marital Separation Agreement, which you will need for a Maryland Mutual Consent Divorce.
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Now there is no one-year waiting period for an uncontested divorce, if you meet the new qualifications for a “Mutual Consent Divorce in Maryland”, — effective October 1, 2015.
Qualifications for a “Mutual Consent Divorce in Maryland”
Effective October 1, 2015, Maryland has a new kind of divorce called a “Mutual Consent Divorce.’ If you don’t have any children you can qualify for this divorce which does not require a one year waiting period. This new divorce is called a “Divorce by Mutual Consent”.
It is only available to couples who don’t have any minor children. You must satisfy these conditions to qualify for a Divorce by “Mutual Consent”:
Four Conditions for Divorce by “Mutual Consent:
A couple will be able to qualify for divorce by “mutual consent” if four conditions are met:
1. They have no minor children in common;
2. They have a signed, written settlement agreement covering both alimony and property rights that they submit to the Court;
3. Neither party asks the Court to set aside their written settlement agreement; and
4. They both appear at the uncontested divorce hearing.
Physical Separation before Filing no longer Required
This type of divorce does not require the couple to be separated for any period of time before filing for the divorce. The only other existing, no-fault ground for absolute divorce in Maryland requires parties to be separated for an entire year before they can file.
Under current Maryland law, living together under the same roof while negotiating property and support issues, delays when a divorce can be granted on no-fault grounds. Only after a couple has separated residences and has lived separate and apart for twelve months can one of them file for a divorce on no-fault grounds.
This means that if you qualify and execute a Marital Separation Agreement, you can file for divorce as soon as each party as executed the Marital Separation Agreement.
This is a new feature of Maryland Divorce Law, as previously you would have to live separate and apart. If you qualify for a Maryland Mutual Consent Divorce, you will not have to live separate and apart.
Maryland Mutual Consent Divorce Service
Our fixed fee legal services for a Maryland Mutual Consent Divorce comes with all of the forms you need plus any legal advice you need. We coach you every step of the way. You don’t get this service when you purchase your divorce forms from just a legal forms Web Site.
When you purchase your legal forms from a legal forms site you don’t get legal advice and the value-add is minimal. If all you want is legal forms, you can get the Maryland legal forms for free from this Web site.
Here is the package you should purchase if you qualify:
- Our fee is $299.00, plus you play court filing fees.
- We also provide you with all of the legal advice you need at no extra charge.
The Hearing for a Maryland Mutual Consent Divorce
At the hearing for Absolute Divorce, you will no longer need a corroborative witness. While a witness is no longer required to testify at a divorce hearing in Maryland, you will still need to testify as to the circumstances of your case. Having a witness with knowledge of your case may still be useful, but is optional. This is a person who testifies for you and supports your version of the facts. The witness gives his/her testimony based on the facts he/she saw or heard. We provide you with detailed instructions so you can represent yourself in the divorce hearing.
If you file for A “Mutual Consent” Divorce, both parties will have to attend and participate in the hearing.
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Last updated January 21. 2018