Maryland Divorce Law
Divorce Laws in Maryland
Maryland divorce laws have maintained the traditional fault based grounds for
divorce, which can include, but is not limited to, adultery, extreme cruelty
and desertion for at least 12 months. Under this concept, you must have a valid
reason for a divorce in MA. Additionally, one of the spouses must have resided
in Maryland for at least 1 year before filing for a divorce in Maryland.
Alimony & Equitable Distribution in Maryland
Maryland is known as an equitable distribution state. According to the divorce
laws in Maryland this means that the marital property must be divided fairly
or equitably, but not necessarily equally. Both spouses are entitled to keep
there separate property, which is typically property acquired prior to marriage.
Alimony can be granted to either the husband or wife, under Maryland divorce
laws. Such relevant economic factors as the length of the marriage and the parties’
prior living standard are considered in determining the amount that should be
paid to the requesting spouse.
Maryland Child Support and Child Custody
According to Maryland divorce law, the best interest of the child is the main
focus of a child custody hearing. Under this concept, either joint of sole custody
may be awarded. The preferences of the child their familiarities may be considered
when deliberating over a custody agreement.
Child support (a percentage of the non-custodial parents income paid to assist
with the support of his children) is determined by the “child support
guidelines” as set forth by divorce law in Maryland.