As of October 1, 2018, true "no-fault" divorce becomes available to everyone in Maryland.
Divorce isn't easy for anyone, but it's often said, "It's hardest on the children." And that's probably true. Children don't have the maturity or emotional skills needed to completely grasp and cope with this tremendous upheaval in their lives. Telling your children that you are getting divorced may be one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do. There is no easy or perfect way to do this, but these tips can provide a good start in helping everyone to turn the page to this new chapter in your family members' lives:
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.
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If you're one of our more frequent readers, then you know that the distribution of property during a divorce here in Maryland is done using equitable distribution rules. Despite its title, equitable distribution doesn't necessarily mean an equal 50/50 split. The rule instead bases fairness on the value of marital property, splitting it fairly between spouses.