» Maryland Divorce

How do I prove that my spouse committed adultery?

In order to obtain a divorce based on the grounds of adultery, you must prove that your spouse had the disposition and opportunity to commit the act. Circumstantial evidence is allowed to prove the adultery so long as it establishes both the disposition and the opportunity to commit the act. Private detectives, e-mails, photographs, and testimony from the paramour can all be used to establish the ground for adultery.

If I have minor children, or don't have a separation agreement, how long do I have to wait to get divorced in Maryland?

In Maryland, the parties typically must live separate and apart without cohabitation for twelve consecutive months before an absolute divorce can be granted. There are some grounds for divorce, like adultery, that do not require a waiting period, and you can also get divorced immediately if adultery is proven.

Can I get divorced right away?

Yes, so long as you and your spouse do not have minor children together; you have entered into a written separation agreement; and you both appear at the divorce hearing. If you meet these criteria, then there is no waiting period to get divorced under the ground of mutual consent.

Do I have to live in Maryland to get a divorce?

To get a divorce in Maryland, the grounds for the divorce must have occurred in Maryland, or at least one of the parties must have resided in Maryland for at least six months prior to filing.

What are the grounds for divorce?

There are a number of grounds for divorce in Maryland. They are:

  • Divorce by mutual consent
  • Twelve-month continuous separation without cohabitation
  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Cruelty of treatment
  • Excessively vicious conduct
  • Insanity
  • One spouse having been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor with at least a three-year sentence.