24 Aug 2015

Maryland Legislature FINALLY Added a New Ground for Divorce: Mutual Consent

Maryland Legislature FINALLY Added a New Ground for Divorce: Mutual Consent

Divorce in dictionary
Divorce in dictionary

The Maryland General Assembly has added “Mutual Consent” as new grounds for absolute divorce in Maryland, eliminating the waiting period, if the parties do not have any minor children in common;

The parties execute and submit to the court a written settlement agreement signed by both parties that resolves all  issues relating to alimony and the distribution of property;

Neither party files a pleading to set aside the settlement agreement prior to the divorce hearing required under the Maryland rules; and

Both parties appear before the court at the absolute divorce hearing.

The new law, when signed by the Governor, will take effect October 1, 2015.

The trick is the Separation agreement.  A separation agreement is really a contract between you and your spouse that sets forth your agreement on each issue arising from the marriage.  You can accomplish this either by proposing an agreement, or if you and your spouse are on good terms, you can jointly prepare the agreement.

Once you have an agreement, you will need to prepared a complaint and a response (answer) to the complaint and file it with a Circuit Court in Maryland.  

If you do not have minor children, and you and your spouse agree on the issues arising from the marriage, and you want some help obtaining an expedited divorce, let us know.

 

Should you need a Divorce Attorney contact the Law Office of Alice Pare at 301-515-1190 or visit our website at www.alicelaw.com
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Divorce in dictionary
Divorce in dictionary

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