Maryland Uncontested Divorce, or File for a Mutual Consent Divorce, With or Without Children. All Forms with Legal Advice
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These packages include a Marital Separation Agreement. If you haven’t been separated for 12 months, you should execute a Marital Separation Agreement when you separate, and then purchase the Maryland Uncontested Divorce Forms in 12 months or if do you qualify for a Mutual Consent Divorce you can file your divorce papers immediately after you execute your Marital Separation Agreement. There is no one-year waiting period for a Mutual Consent Divorce and you do not have to live separate and apart.
Note that effective October 1, 2018 you can secure what is known as a “Mutual Consent Divorce” whether or not you have children. This means that you do not have to live separate and part for a one year period in order to secure an uncontested, no-fault divorce in Maryland,. But you must have an executed Marital Separation Agreement and both parties must attend the divorce hearing in order to a secure a Mutual Consent Divorce.
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Maryland No-Fault or Maryland Uncontested Divorce Qualifications:
A Maryland Uncontested Divorce or “no-fault” divorce is for couples who have decided to end their marriage with no allegations of fault on either spouse. The spouses agree on ALL marital issues, such as spousal support/alimony; child support, custody and visitation; and the division of property and debts.
If you want the court to grant you a complete dissolution (ending) of a marriage in Maryland, you are asking the court to grant you an absolute divorce. After a court issues a JUDGMENT OF ABSOLUTE DIVORCE, you can remarry.
A Maryland Uncontested Divorce is the lowest cost way to secure a divorce. If you divorce is contested it will often require that both parties be represented in court by counsel as you will be asking the court to decide issues which you could decide for yourself. Once both parties are represented by counsel, you legal fees will escalate and will be out of your control. You will end up spending thousands of dollars in legal fees before all of the issues in your divorce are settled. By working with each other to resolve your differences and executing a Marital Separation Agreement, your divorce will become “uncontested” and you will be able to secure you divorce quickly and at the lowest cost. A Maryland Uncontested Divorce or a Mutual Consent Divorce, which is also an Uncontested Divorce, is the best way to end your marriage and get on with your lives.
Ground for A No-Fault Divorce in Maryland
- Twelve Month Separation – If you and your spouse have lived apart from each other for at least 12 months without sexual intercourse with each other you may check this ground. There are some important things to remember: during the last 12 months, if you and your spouse lived together at all, or if you have had sexual intercourse with your spouse during that time, or if you spent even one night under the same roof, you cannot get an absolute divorce based on a one-year separation.
- As of October 2011, there is only one ground for absolute divorce based upon separation. The new law combines the 12-month voluntary separation and 2-year separation grounds for divorce. The new law only requires a 12-month separation prior to filing for divorce.Separation is a no fault ground for divorce and and the only thing that needs to be proved is that husband and wife have lived separate and apart for 12 months without interruption.
- You have an executed Marital Separation Agreement and both parties can attend the hearing then you can secure a Mutual Consent Divorce, without or with children. a Mutual Consent Divorce waives the 12-month “living separate and apart” waiting period.
The Hearing for a No-Fault Divorce in Maryland
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. Only one spouse has to attend the divorce hearing.
If you are seeking a Mutual Consent Divorce, both parties must attend the hearing.
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Last updated December 24, 2018.