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Legal Separation Lawyer in Prince George's County

Years of Experience with Limited Divorce in Maryland

If you and your spouse wish to separate but do not wish to divorce, a legal separation, also known as limited divorce, might be in your best interest. Unlike divorce, limited divorce gives both parties legal rights and protections while still remaining legally married. This is often a preferred option for individuals who are not yet ready or able to file for divorce because of moral, religious, or financial reasons. Whatever the case may be, our Prince George's County legal separation attorney at Gray Legal, P.C. is here to make sure that your rights are protected.

During a limited divorce, both spouses are barred from doing the following:

  • Remarrying, as they are still husband and wife
  • Having sexual relations with other people
  • Negatively impacting shared property

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What Are the Requirements For a Limited Divorce?

In Maryland, grounds for a limited divorce include cruelty or vicious conduct of a spouse or child, desertion, and voluntary separation. Under the terms of voluntary separation, both parties agree to live apart and refrain from sexual relations with each other. If after 12 months of living apart both spouses see no reasonable chance of reconciliation, they are allowed to file for absolute divorce. At Gray Legal, P.C., our Prince George's County legal separation attorney can go over your options with you.

In order to file for a limited divorce, you and your spouse must be residents of Maryland at the time of filing. If the grounds of divorce occurred in another state, there is a residency requirement of a minimum of one year in Maryland before filing.

The grounds for divorce in Maryland

How to File for Legal Separation in MD

  • Complete the limited divorce forms. This includes:
    • Complaint for Limited Divorce
    • Civil-Domestic Case Information Report
  • If children are involved, complete these forms in addition:
    • Financial Statement
    • Child Support Worksheet Form
  • Make copies of the completed forms and any attachments you will include. Keep a copy for your records.
  • File the original forms at the appropriate county circuit court clerk's office. You will be charged a fee. The forms must be filed in the county where either spouse lives or works. The clerk will give you a Writ of Summons.
  • Make arrangements to serve your spouse with the Writ of Summons.

Legal Separation & Limited Divorce

In the state of Maryland, there is no legal separation for married couples. Instead, the courts use the terms limited divorce and absolute divorce. Absolute divorce is what is mostly referred to when a couple decides that they want to get divorced. While in other states they use the term legal separation, Maryland uses limited divorce. Limited divorce carries the same protections that are usually given by a legal separation.

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