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Grounds For Divorce Under Maryland Law

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

Adultery Pursuant to  MD Code, Family Law §7-103(a)(1) 

  • No waiting period
  • Sex between a married person and somebody who is not his/her spouse.
  • Usually proved using circumstantial evidence; there is almost never a witness to the penetration. 
  • Needs evidence they had an opportunity/time to do it. For example, car in driveway at night. 
  • Needs evidence they were intimate and disposed to do it. For example, holding hands in public. 
  • Can happen while people are “separated.”  

Cruelty Of Treatment/Excessively Vicious Conduct Pursuant to  MD Code, Family Law §7-103(a)(6) 

  • 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 Pursuant to  MD Code, Family Law §7-103(a)(4) 

  • 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 Pursuant to  MD Code, Family Law §7-103(a)(8) 

  • 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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