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How quickly can I get a divorce in Maryland?

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One question we get asked frequently is, “How quickly can I get a divorce in Maryland?”. Thanks to Maryland’s Mutual Consent Law, passed in 2015, couples with or without minor children in common are able to skip the 12-month separation period previously required to obtain a no-fault absolute divorce, as long as the couple has a written agreement resolving all issues, including, custodial access, child support, alimony, and property division. This has significantly sped up the divorce process in Maryland. However, the length of time for your divorce is all dependent on how long it takes you and your spouse to reach a resolution on the issues related to your divorce.

If you and your spouse are having difficulty coming to agreement, it is often beneficial to use a divorce mediator to help resolve the relevant issues. The mediators at Jacobson Family Law, have years of experience assisting parties reach amicable resolutions in divorce mediation in Maryland.

The divorce lawyers at Jacobson Family Law can also assist you in negotiating the terms of your Marital Settlement Agreement, either directly or indirectly.

Once you Marital Settlement Agreement (or “MSA”) is completed and signed, the rest of the divorce process typically goes smoothly and quickly. However, the length of time can vary depending on the specific court, caseload, and availability of judges. Not only is a Mutual Consent Divorce (also known as an “Uncontested Divorce”) much quicker, a divorce by mutual consent can be an easier and less costly option for couples that are willing to work together to reach a settlement that is thoughtful and mutually beneficial.

If you would like to speak to one of our divorce lawyers in Maryland or divorce mediators, contact us today at 443-741-1147 or Schedule a Consultation.