Maryland Divorce Lawyers Serving Prince George’s, Calvert and Charles Counties
If you are going through divorce in Maryland, the decisions you make now can affect your family and your financial security for many years into the future. It’s important to hire an experienced attorney to protect your interests every step of the way. Haley-Pierson Law assists clients in suburban Washington, D.C., and throughout southern Maryland when they need help with a divorce.
Grounds for Divorce in Maryland
The following are a few conditions that are grounds for divorce in Maryland:
- Since October 1st, 2011 Maryland made it easier to get divorced. If you and your spouse have lived separate and apart for at least one year, regardless of the reason for the separation, you are eligible to file for divorce. This is the most common reason for divorce.
- Cruelty, desertion, and/or vicious treatment.
- Adultery. There is no waiting period if you can prove opportunity and inclination for adultery.
All three grounds require corroboration by a third party.
While you and your spouse are living separately, we recommend you negotiate a separation agreement to resolve issues such as:
Marital property division
Marital property such as investment accounts, retirement accounts and real estate will be divided according to the law of equitable distribution.
Child custody and visitation
If you have children, you and your spouse will need to negotiate a plan to co-parent your children.
Child support and alimony
Child support is calculated using a formula. Determining alimony can be far more complex.
When it comes time to file for divorce, you and your spouse can plead your settlement agreement, and it will become your final divorce order.