In this article, you’ll learn the three different ways to approach a divorce in Maryland, the residency requirements for filing, the documents you’ll need, and the steps required. Filing for divorce in Maryland just got a lot easier after some new laws took effect in October of 2023. Discuss your options with an Annapolis divorce attorney.
Before you begin the process of getting divorced in Maryland, you’ll need to figure out whether you want to hire a lawyer, do it yourself, or file online.
Statistics do show that couples who hire Maryland divorce lawyers tend to reach more amicable resolutions and are more likely to agree to joint custody. If you and your spouse have no children or property and can’t afford to hire an attorney, it is possible to handle it yourself. There are plenty of resources available for guidance in bookstores, online, and even at the courthouse.
The third method, filing online, is more hands-on than filing yourself and less involved than hiring legal representation. You will file your divorce in the circuit court in your county or your spouse’s county, regardless of which method you choose.
To qualify to file your divorce in Maryland, either you or your spouse must physically live in the state. If you and your spouse experienced irreconcilable differences or are living separate lives in Maryland, there is no time limit for how long you’ve lived here to file here. If you and your spouse experienced irreconcilable differences or are living separate lives outside Maryland, you must live here for six months before you can file for divorce. Irreconcilable differences and living separate lives for six months are the grounds for divorce in Maryland.
Here are the steps to get divorced in Maryland:
The Law Office of Patrick Crawford, a Maryland divorce attorney, can help you navigate this intimidating process, file the necessary paperwork on your behalf, take care of serving the papers, schedule the necessary hearings, and everything else that needs to get done. Contact us today for a free consultation.