One of the most common misconceptions about divorce in Maryland is that you are required to be separated from your spouse for a certain amount of time in order to get a divorce. This is not the case.
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.
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. Check out our video to learn more about the requirements for a Maryland divorce and the most common misconceptions about divorce.
At Jacobson Family Law, our goal is always to help our clients take control over their lives in a way that minimizes the stress and financial hardship of litigation. Initiating the divorce process is not easy, to begin with, but everyone deserves a chance to start over. Contact us to set up a consultation today online or call us at 443-741-1147.