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Grounds For Divorce Under The Maryland Family Law Article. 

These are the most common of grounds for absolute divorce in Maryland, which are stated in §7-103 of the Maryland Family Law Article.  

Establishing Adultery In Baltimore County Circuit Court. 

  • Grounds for an absolute divorce pursuant to MD Code, Family Law, §7-103(a)(1). 
  • No waiting period
  • Adultery is sex between a married man and a woman who is not his wife; Or, sex between a married woman and a man who is not her husband 
  • May be proved through circumstantial evidence; due to the clandestine nature of the fact, there is rarely direct proof of the adultery.
  • Must establish (1) disposition on the part of the adulterer and the paramour to commit adultery and (2) opportunity to commit adultery. 
  • Adultery may occur after the parties have separated so long as they remain married. 

Cruelty Of Treatment/Excessively Vicious Conduct. 

  • Grounds for an absolute divorce pursuant to MD Code, Family Law, §7-103(a)(6). 
  • No waiting period
  • Cruelty against spouse or against a minor child
  • Usually includes a violence component but not always 
  • Grounds for an immediate divorce 

One-Year Separation.

  • Grounds for an absolute divorce
  • Lived separate and apart for more than one year without cohabitation
  • No marital relations while separated
  • No-fault grounds for divorce in Maryland.

Mutual Consent. 

  • Grounds for an absolute divorce
  • No minor children
  • Written Marital Separation Agreement ("MSA")
  • Both parties appear at the final divorce hearing 
  • No witness required 


  • Grounds for a limited divorce
  • Does not end the marriage
  • Does not resolve property issues
  • Provides permission from the State to live separately
  • Possibility of alimony 
  • Parties do not live together
  • Parties do not have sex.

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