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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.



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