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Frequently Asked Questions About Maryland Divorce

How long does it take to get a divorce in Maryland?

Every divorce takes at least a few months, even under the best circumstances. Divorce has to be heard in Court, which means a lawsuit must be filed with a complaint, service of process, filing an answer by the defendant, and scheduling a court hearing. If there is a formal settlement agreement and no children, the Court might set up an uncontested hearing a few months after filing. Divorces take longer to resolve when things are linked to property, alimony, or custody. In addition, you cannot get a divorce in Maryland just because one or both people want one. It is necessary to establish grounds for divorce. 

What are the grounds for divorce?

Grounds for divorce are things that entitle two people to end their marriage under Maryland law. These include:

Does child custody have to be resolved at the time of divorce?


What are the Types of Custody? 

Legal Custody and Physical Custody

How does the Court Process Begin? 

Filing a complaint for absolute divorce and other appropriate court papers, receiving a writ of summons from the court, and having the packet of papers served to the opposing party. 

Should marital property, including the marital home, be resolved at the time of divorce? 


Can you obtain a divorce in Maryland without going to Court?