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New law eases path to divorce for many couples
When spouses in Maryland agree to split up and amicably hammer out a separation agreement, state law still makes them wait a year to file for divorce.
That will change Thursday — at least for some couples — when a new law eliminates the waiting period for those without minor children who mutually consent to divorce and agree on a property split. Couples with children will still have to live apart for a year before they can file, even if they have resolved custody and support issues.
The change is the result of legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert A. Zirkin and passed in April by the General Assembly. Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat, said the measure will help thousands of Marylanders to move on with their lives.
Lindsay Parvis, a Montgomery County attorney who co-chairs the Maryland State Bar Association’s section on family law, called the change “a huge development.”
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She said it will be a relief for many people to know they can move forward “rather than a law telling them they have to wait 12 months.”
The current law starts the one-year clock on the day one spouse moves out of the common home. If the two later stay under the same roof for even a night, the clock resets to Day One.
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