The state of Maryland recognizes two types of divorce, absolute and limited. Those filing for divorce will need to determine which type they can file because there are some requirements that must be met in order to file for absolute divorce. Today, we will explain limited divorce for couples in Maryland.
Limited divorce utilizes the supervision of the court in Maryland. The court will supervise a couple’s legal separation during limited divorce. If limited divorce is ordered by the court, it is not a permanent order. It is comparable to legal separation and remarriage is not permitted with a limited divorce.
There is no requirement in place in Maryland for couples to obtain a limited divorce before obtaining an absolute divorce.
A limited divorce is used for those who meet any of the following:
- In need of financial relief
- No grounds for divorce yet
- Not able to settle differences privately
When a limited divorce is granted by the court it forces the couple to live separately, but they remain legally married. Even though the couple is still married, they are not allowed to be intimate with each other. If they are intimate, they will restart the time requirements for acquiring an absolute divorce based on separation.
If one of the parties is at fault for the divorce, the court will determine which party was at fault. A limited divorce can also help solve the following issues:
- Child support
- Child custody
- Division or real and personal property
- Health insurance coverage
If the couple does not have property to divide, or spousal support to be awarded, there is no real reason to file for a limited divorce in Maryland. A spouse can still inherit property following the death of the other spouse after a limited divorce filing in Maryland.
Visit our site today to learn more about limited divorce and what steps you need to take to file in Columbia, Maryland.