As of October 1, 2018, true "no-fault" divorce becomes available to everyone in Maryland.
Are you about to go through a divorce in the state of Maryland? If so, there are likely to be a number of financial and emotional ramifications affecting your life, both now and post-divorce.
Facebook and Twitter have made it extremely easy for people to keep in contact with one another and share important events. However, not every moment needs to be shared with the world. This leads to a great deal of problems for people, especially those going through a divorce.
Divorce can be a very emotionally involved time of your life. However, since the outcome of a divorce can potentially have repercussions that can affect your life for a long time to come, it is important to approach it calmly and rationally.
Most people know that divorce is the legal process by which couples end their marriage in the eyes of the state, freeing them up to be single individuals or to remarry if they so wish. But beyond this condensed version of the process, few really know what the process entails or how complicated it can become. Unless you're one of our readers who is currently going through or has gone through the process. For you, the complexity of the process is very evident.
As some of our more frequent blog readers know, Maryland is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce. This means that couples seeking the dissolution of their marriage do not have to have grounds for divorce. Citing irreconcilable differences and waiting the 12-month separation period is acceptable.
When a couple decides to go through with a divorce and it is finalized, the thought that the couple might want to get back together someday might seem unlikely. But stranger things do happen in life -- and in love. One out-of-state case involves a divorced couple who fought to undo their split.
Most people in Columbia and across Maryland find the law confusing. Not only are many of the terms used lengthy and difficult to understand, but statutes can be just as complex and unintuitive. It's not uncommon for someone to have to turn to an experienced attorney for help, especially if that individual wants to resolve a legal issue quickly and correctly.
Navigating the legal system within the area of family law can be incredibly challenging, especially if you're not used to the nomenclature used in the law and are as confused by it as most other people. On top of confusingly worded laws, Marylanders have to contend with the fact that our laws are always subject to change.
If you read our May 28 post entitled, "What can I expect in a Maryland divorce?" then you know that couples in our state who cannot establish grounds for the dissolution of their marriage must remain separated for 12 consecutive months before filing for divorce. During this period of separation, couples can decide things like how to separate marital property and even custody arrangements. But as some of our Columbia readers know, not every separation leads to divorce.