Divorce Lawyer in Annapolis
The Process of Obtaining a Divorce in Maryland
In Maryland, every divorce must have proof of grounds. If you file without having sufficient evidence of the grounds you claim, you may be penalized with legal fees. During the entirety of the divorce process, it is important that you do not give your spouse any additional grounds for divorce as it can be used against you during the division of assets. An Annapolis divorce attorney can provide guidance to successfully navigate the divorce proceedings and make the process as painless as possible.
The Law Office of Patrick Crawford is prepared to help you into the next stage of your life. Reach us at (410) 656-6227 today to schedule your low-cost consultation.
In an absolute divorce, the marriage is permanently dissolved. However, there must be sufficient proof that the marriage should be dissolved.
The grounds for a complete and final divorce in Maryland are:
- One year of separation
- Domestic violence
- Conviction of a felony
After obtaining an absolute divorce, both parties are able to remarry. Jointly owned property is equitably split and all marital benefits are terminated.
Limited divorces are a legal option for couples that do not have grounds for absolute divorce, but still require the court’s assistance to settle their differences. In these cases, the divorce is not permanent and neither spouse is permitted to remarry. Instead, the court assists in making temporary decisions concerning child support and custody, alimony, and possession of property.
With both types of divorces, a separation and property settlement agreement may be created.
This document legally outlines how to handle matters such as:
- Which party will pay the court cost and attorney’s fees
- Division of property, assets, and debts
- Custody, visitation, and child support
- Health and life insurance
- Taxes, wills, and other relevant
15+ Years of Legal Representation
Whether you and your partner are divorcing amicably or are embroiled in drawn out and bitter proceedings, an Annapolis divorce lawyer can provide invaluable legal insight and help protect your rights. Our law office provides low flat fees for uncontested divorces and is committed to spending the time necessary to fully understand your case.
Call (410) 656-6227 to speak to an attorney who will give you and your case the time and effort necessary to achieve your goals.