WMAR 2 Midday Maryland Exclusive: Zide Law Group Law Sheds Light on Maryland’s New No-Fault Divorce Legislation

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WMAR 2 Midday Maryland Exclusive: Zide Law Group Law Sheds Light on Maryland’s New No-Fault Divorce Legislation

In a significant shift, Maryland has overhauled its divorce laws, making it easier for couples to part ways. The new legislation, effective from October 1, 2023, eliminates all fault grounds for divorce. This means that couples no longer need to prove adultery, abandonment, or cruelty, thereby speeding up the divorce process and reducing emotional tolls. Instead, the law introduces two new no-fault grounds: a six-month separation and irreconcilable differences.

The six-month separation no longer requires couples to maintain separate residences, and they can now be separated but reside in the same household as long as they maintain separate lives and bedrooms. This change is particularly beneficial for couples for whom maintaining two separate households is not economically feasible.

The introduction of ‘irreconcilable differences’ as a ground for divorce allows couples to agree that they just don’t get along anymore or can’t fix the marriage. This change is a significant step towards making divorce more attainable and less contentious

If you have any questions about how these changes may impact your situation, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to help guide you through these changes and provide the support you need during this time.

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