As experienced Maryland Divorce Lawyers, the attorneys at The Drazin Law Center, P.A. have successfully represented multitudes of individuals throughout the State of Maryland with their divorces.
Facing divorce is never easy. Divorce requires you to make a number of very important and difficult decisions about your future while being enmeshed in the tumult of the Court process. The decisions made can impact you and your family's future for years to come. At The Drazin Law Center, P.A., our Columbia Divorce Attorneys and Dundalk Divorce Attorneys have enabled our clients to find the requisite confidence during their divorce process to assist them in making wise decisions to form a solid foundation for the next chapter of our clientâ€™s lives.
The attorneys at The Drazin Law Center, P.A. will counsel and guide you through the sometimes confusing maze of grounds for divorce, types of divorce, and requested (or possible) relief. We will inform you of the grounds that apply in your case, and of the timing of pursuing the different types of divorce to meet your personal objectives.
There are two types of divorce within the State of Maryland; Limited Divorce and Absolute Divorce. Limited Divorces are, in essence, Court ordered legal separations; they do not terminate the marriage and the Court cannot determine all property rights. An Absolute Divorce, on the other hand, terminates the marriage permitting remarriage and the Court can determine all property issues; including, equitably distributing (dividing) retirements, pensions, and making monetary awards. In both types of Maryland Divorces, the Court may make alimony awards.
In that the Limited Divorce grounds of Desertion and Voluntary Separation do not require a specific time period of separation before initiation of the Divorce process, spouses often use the Limited Divorce process to commence obtaining Court ordered relief; such as, custody, visitation, child support and alimony. It is often assumed by the Maryland Courts, in a Limited Divorce scenario, that the parties will amend (update) their pleadings upon achieving the requisite time periods for certain Absolute Divorce grounds, so that the actual final Divorce trial will proceed via an Absolute Divorce. Many divorcing couples, however, prefer to obtain only Limited Divorces due to religious beliefs, health insurance, or other reasons.
The Maryland Limited Divorce grounds are as follows: (1) cruelty of treatment of the party or of a minor child of the party; (2) excessively vicious conduct to the party or to a minor child of the party; (3) desertion; or (4) voluntary separation, if the parties are living separate and apart without cohabitation, and there is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation.
The Maryland Absolute Divorce grounds are as follows: (1) adultery; (2) desertion continuing for 12 months without interruption; (3) a 12 month separation without cohabitation or interruption; (4) cruelty of treatment toward the spouse or a minor child of the spouse; (5) excessively vicious conduct toward the spouse or a minor child of the spouse; (6) conviction of a felony or misdemeanor if the defendant was sentenced to serve at least three years in a penal institution and defendant has already served twelve months of the sentence; and, (7) insanity resulting in at least three years confinement in a mental institution, hospital, or other similar institution with certain other requirements having been met.
For those individuals who, for one reason or another, utilize grounds for divorce that require a one year separation, it can be helpful to pursue a Separation Agreement during the waiting period. A well drafted Separation Agreement, like one prepared by The Drazin Law Center, P.A., will allow you to settle all of the issues and decisions arising out of your marital relationship without the necessity of a Judge addressing those intricacies. It isn't necessary to obtain a Limited Divorce if you and your spouse can successfully negotiate a Separation Agreement outside of court.
At The Drazin Law Center, P.A., it is our goal to assist our clients navigate through the difficult processes of the Divorce Court system with the hope of reaching an amicable resolution (but, if such a resolution is not possible, to achieve the clientâ€™s goals and realistic expectations through the necessitated litigation). Please keep in mind, even when a Divorce proceeding is fully uncontested, one party must still prove to the Court the grounds for the Divorce.
Divorce is one of the more stressful life events. The lawyers at The Drazin Law Center, P.A. with Primary Offices in Columbia, Maryland and Dundalk, Maryland offer knowledgeable, diligent, and experienced legal counsel that can effectively assist you.
Columbia Divorce Attorneys and Dundalk Divorce Attorneys serving clients with their Maryland Divorce needs throughout the State of Maryland; including, but not limited to, Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County, Carroll County, and Harford County.