Getting Through Divorce And Moving On To A Brighter Tomorrow
Going through a divorce can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming time in anyone’s life. There are a lot of changes for which you are preparing while also attempting to navigate the complicated matters of an actual divorce case.
The process can be much easier to bear with a skilled divorce lawyer on your side. For many facing divorce in Maryland, The JC Law Group, LLC, has been the strong ally that guided them through divorce and into a brighter future. If you are seeking a skilled divorce lawyer in Prince George’s County or anywhere in the surrounding area, we are here for you.
We handle divorces for a broad range of clients, including members of the military and their spouses facing issues unique to military divorce.
Reaching The Best Outcome For You
In many cases, couples who are going through a divorce are able to work together, either partially or completely, in order to reach agreements about their debts and assets, alimony payments and more. In other cases, however, couples may be unable to reach agreements on some, or even all, of the required issues that must be settled before the courts will sign off on the divorce and finalize the procedures.
In nearly all divorce processes, it is in the best interest of each of the spouses that they hire an attorney in order to help them ensure that each requirement is met in order to reach a final agreement and their interests are represented in a way that is productive and hopefully collaborative in order to finalize the divorce. Depending on the length of the marriage, the number of assets and debts that are tied up in the partnership, whether there are children who will be impacted by the divorce, whether there are prenuptial agreements and more, a divorce process may be extremely complicated and involved.
Divorce Process Rules And Options
There are a number of types of divorces under Maryland law. These terms can be confusing initially, but they will come to make moresense as you read more about each below.
- Limited divorce: Maryland does not recognize legal separation. In Maryland, parties are able to obtain a limited divorce. In a limited divorce, the court is not authorized to divide marital property. So, if you and your spouse fail to agree on the disposition of real property, cars, retirement or other factors, the court will be unable to address it until such time that you are eligible for an absolute divorce. A limited divorce may address issues of custody, child support and alimony as well as the use and possession of the marital home and marital personal property, such as the family car. In a limited divorce, the court may order you or your spouse to continue making financial contributions toward your household.
- Absolute divorce: In order to obtain an absolute divorce in Maryland, you must have stated grounds in your initial complaint. Grounds are:
- One continuous year (12 months) of separation — living separate and apart in different abodes.
- Both spouses agree to the divorce
- There was adultery in the marriage
- Constructive desertion (i.e., alienation of affection)
- Cruelty, which includes emotional and physical abuse.
- One spouse is incarcerated for a considerable amount of time
- Mutual consent divorce: In order to obtain a divorce by mutual consent, the parties must both state that they want the divorce and that there are no unresolved issues. Furthermore, both parties shall affirm to the court to accept the written agreement and to incorporate but not merge the agreement into the judgment of absolute divorce. This is a very effective way to obtain a divorce in Maryland without a lengthy process involving the parties and any children they may have.
- Contested divorce: The majority of divorce cases in Maryland start out contested. Issues that are commonly in dispute concern the custody of any minor children, the division of marital property (i.e., a house or pension) or payments of alimony. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement about some or all of the details about their divorce, then the case becomes a contested matter.
If you and your spouse have decided to work together collaboratively in order to determine the distribution of your assets, debts and responsibilities in order to finalize your divorce, you may be able to work with an independent mediator. This mediator does not represent either of you but instead will work to help you reach agreements on tricky issues as a disinterested third party. Depending on the county in which your divorce is filed, the court may order you to attend one or more mediation sessions.