Maryland law provides several grounds for divorce.  The following is a list and brief description of grounds for an absolute divorce:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion, if desertion continued for 12 consecutive months, was deliberate and final, and the parties have “no reasonable expectation of reconciliation”
  • Conviction of a crime in any state with a sentence to serve at least 3 years and the convicted spouse has already served 12 months before the filing for divorce
  • 12–month continuous separation when the parties have “lived separate and apart without cohabitation
  • Insanity under specified conditions
  • Cruelty to the spouse or minor child, and the parties have “no reasonable expectation of reconciliation”
  • Excessively vicious conduct toward a spouse or minor child and the parties have “no reasonable expectation of reconciliation”

Whatever your reasons for divorce, our experienced divorce attorneys can help you navigate through the process.  Contact Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad, LLP to be your advocate.

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