The most common type of divorce in Maryland is a no-fault divorce based on the voluntary separation of the husband and wife.
In order to be legally sufficient, the voluntary separation of the husband and wife must be for a minimum of one year.
Within Maryland, the circuit courts have jurisdiction to hear divorce cases.
Generally, the circuit court with jurisdiction for your case is the circuit court in the county where you live or the circuit court in the county where your spouse lives.
The actual court proceeding in this kind of divorce is very short.
In contrast to the no-fault type of divorce described above, in cases where one spouse is convinced that the other spouse has been unfaithful, the faithful spouse has the option to file a complaint for absolute divorce immediately.
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If the cause of action did not occur in Maryland, the residency requirement is 6 months.
If they do, the one-year waiting period for filing a complaint for absolute divorce begins again.
Most friendly or uncontested divorces in Maryland are based on the kind of voluntary separation described above.
An absolute divorce is a permanent termination of the marriage.
If a court grants an absolute divorce, the final order of the divorce is set forth in a “divorce decree” or “decree.” A limited divorce is a legal separation, and does not end the marriage.