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Cruelty of Treatment

Cruelty of treatment is grounds for limited divorce and absolute divorce in Maryland. Cruelty of treatment can be established based on physical violence but it does not require physical violence. In a recent Court of Special Appeals decision issued on March 31, 2021, the Court reaffirmed the principle cruelty can be based upon verbal and psychological abuse which “is calculated to seriously impair the health or permanently destroy the happiness of the other. With that being said, a divorce awarded on the basis of cruelty of treatment is rare because other grounds for divorce may also exist in addition to cruelty. 

Links to Court Decisions About Cruelty of Treatment