Fault Grounds in Divorces Eliminated in Maryland!

It’s been six (6) years since Maryland made divorce more simple, eliminating the need for a corroborating witness at trial. Now, it’s again being simplified. On October 1st, 2023, Maryland law will make it easier to get a divorce, or if not easier, more simple.

Legal Separations, or Limited Divorces, Will Go Away

A major changes to the law is the elimination of limited divorces – or what most people think of as a legal separation where couples could remain married but seek support, child custody arrangements, maintain health insurance and other financial benefits.

Fault Grounds for Divorce are Eliminated

the other major change is that many current grounds for divorce are going away, including Adultery, Desertion, Criminal Convictions, 12-month separation, Insanity, and Cruelty of Treatment. The Court will be able to grant a divorce based on Mutual Consent or Irreconcilable Differences after six (6) months of separation. Under the old laws, although it was technically possible to prove separation if you lived in the same home, although maintained separate bedrooms, the new law makes it more possible to live in the same home and prove separation.

Simpler, if not Easier

Although the grounds for divorce have been simplified, couples will still face the same litigation issues they had under the old laws if adultery, or cruelty of treatment, for example were reasons for the breakup of the marriage as those reasons affect a Court’s division on support and the equitable division of the couple’s marital property. If you have questions about divorce, now or under the law after October 1st, give me a call at the law firm of Byrd & Byrd, LLC at 301-464-7448 ext. 105

About Tim Leahy

Timothy P. Leahy, a partner at the firm, practices law in Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a member of the American, Maryland, D.C, and Prince George’s County Bar associations. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Baltimore Law School in May 2000, earned his M.B.A. in 1993 at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and his B.S. in Transportation & Logistics at Maryland in 1990. Timothy brings over 10 years experience in business to his practice of the law and focuses on litigation and general practice matters. A former home improvement contractor and army reservist, he volunteers with Christmas in April and has coached for the Bowie Boys & Girls Club. He is a Board member of his homeowners association, pro bono counsel for Bowie CLAW, and a volunteer Mediator for the District Court of Maryland. Timothy moved to Bowie in 1982 and lives there with his wife of 24 years and two sons.
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