Possible New Grounds for Divorce in Maryland: Divorce by “Mutual Consent”
***NOTE: As of October 1, 2015, the law states that Mutual Consent is now a grounds for divorce in Maryland. For updated information and FAQs regarding this new divorce law in Maryland, please click here.
Separation and divorce is very difficult – financially and emotionally for everyone involved – spouses, children, extended family members and friends. The sense of “loss” can be profound. Feelings of grief, helplessness, vulnerability, financial devastation and lack of control are very typical. The process is generally among the most difficult challenges a person encounters during their lifetime – and it seems to take “forever” to end.
12 Month Wait
Many Maryland couples recognize the value in resolving the legal issues resulting from their failed marriage by agreement but learn that they still must wait until they have been “voluntarily separated for 12 months” before they are eligible to seek a final divorce. This “wait period” can be painful – for everyone.
Maryland Law May Change to Include New Grounds for Divorce: Mutual Consent
A Bill which will substantially change the law and potentially shorten the time for final divorce in Maryland for many couples is currently pending signature by Governor Hogan. If signed into law, Senate Bill 472 will:
- Create a new grounds for divorce in Maryland known as Mutual Consent
- Permit couples without minor children “in common” to seek a final divorce based upon “Mutual Consent” immediately after they execute a settlement agreement resolving alimony and property distribution
- Eliminate the “wait period” for qualifying couples otherwise required under current law &
- Permit the Court to grant a final divorce based upon “Mutual Consent” at any time if neither party contests the Agreement and both parties appear before the Court at the final divorce hearing
I NEED HELP FAST – WHO DO I CALL? At COOVER LAW FIRM, LLC, we are prepared to help you with your separation and divorce issues promptly and efficiently. Fred L. Coover, a Howard County MD divorce attorney practicing for over 30 years, is here to meet with you to discuss your options. Contact Coover Law Firm, LLC today at (410) 995-1100 to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog post is provided for general educational & informational purposes only. It is not intended to convey legal advice or serve as a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter.