Annapolis Divorce Lawyer
Divorce law in Maryland can be very complex, and if you attempt to file for absolute divorce on your own but don't qualify, you may face legal consequences. Don't go through the divorce process alone! At The Law Office of Patrick Crawford, you can work with experienced and compassionate divorce lawyers who will work diligently on your behalf.
Reasons you should hire us:
- We provide low-cost, high-quality initial consultations.
- Our skilled attorneys have been in practice for 16+ years.
- We are always available to discuss our clients' legal needs.
- We offer reasonable rates and flexible payment plans.
- We put extreme focus and energy towards our cases.
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.
Providing Grounds for Divorce
In Maryland, every person seeking an absolute divorce must provide a legally acceptable reason, or "proof of grounds." If you file without having sufficient evidence of the grounds you claim, you may be penalized with legal fees. It is also important that you do not give your spouse any additional grounds while the divorce is in progress, 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.
What are Acceptable Grounds for Absolute Divorce?
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.
What If I Don't Qualify for Absolute Divorce?
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.
Call a Firm with 15+ Years of Legal Representation
Whether you and your partner are divorcing amicably or are embroiled in contested 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.