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Josephia Rouse, Esq.

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Josephia Rouse, Esq.

Josephia Rouse, Esq.

Before pursuing law, Josephia Rouse, Esq. was a Legal Administrative Specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Even though she worked for the Federal Government, she always knew she loved problem-solving and had a passion for helping people understand their rights. In a leap of faith, she left the security of her federal job and into the uncertainty of law school.


Ashley D. Edwards, Esq.

She has over eleven (11) years of experience providing zealous advocacy for indigent children and adults. Having spent her first six (6) years of practice as a criminal defense attorney, she then joined the Franklin Law Group, P.C. in 2017 as a supervising attorney, transferring her advocacy skills to the representation of abused and neglected children. She is a Certified Best Interest Attorney.

Divorce in Maryland

A divorce is the formally sanctioned dissolution of a marriage by a court. Absolute and restricted divorce are the two types available in Maryland.

  • The marriage is permanently ended via an absolute divorce. The final conditions of a divorce are stated in a “divorce decree” or “decree” if the court grants an absolute divorce.
  • A limited divorce is a legal separation; the marriage is not ended.

A married couple must satisfy the statutory residency requirements to get an absolute or limited divorce. Once one spouse files a complaint for an absolute divorce or a complaint for a limited divorce in the circuit court of Maryland, where the spouse resides, a divorce case will start.
Divorce Grounds in Maryland

The legal grounds for divorce are outlined in the Maryland statutes. Only the grounds listed in the statutes may be used to grant a divorce. These grounds can be classified as either “no-fault” grounds, where no misconduct is claimed, or “fault” grounds, when misconduct by one spouse toward the other spouse is claimed.

Absolute Divorce

The marriage is permanently dissolved through an “absolute divorce.”

A person must put forth grounds or explanations for the divorce while seeking an absolute divorce. Absolute divorce grounds include:

One-year separation

  1. Mutual consent
  2. Adultery
  3. Desertion
  4. Cruel treatment and excessively vicious conduct
  5. Insanity
  6. Incarceration

Either party may get married again after an absolute divorce decree is issued. The order of absolute divorce may include specific choices about child custody and support, alimony (payment made by one ex-spouse to the other), and whether to enable one spouse to use their former name.

Additionally, any jointly owned property is divided and allocated by a legal contract (such as a prenuptial agreement or other written contract) or the Marital Property Act. Once the property has been divided, neither party may assert ownership of the other’s belongings. After a final divorce, neither party may continue to inherit property from the other as spouses.


Limited Divorce

When a married couple separates, it is referred to as a limited divorce (sometimes known as a legal separation). A limited divorce DOES NOT mean that the marriage is over permanently. Instead, the couple continues to live apart while still being legally married. In a limited divorce, neither spouse can be married again or engage in sexual activity with another person. One spouse has committed adultery if they have sexual intercourse with someone else.

Absolute divorce can be obtained without first completing a limited divorce. The court may give a restricted divorce even if an absolute divorce is requested.

A limited divorce is typically employed by individuals who (1) lack the legal justification for an absolute divorce, (2) require financial relief, and (3) are unable to resolve their issues privately.

Grounds for Limited Divorce include:

  • Separation
  • Desertion
  • Cruel actions and overly vicious behavior

A limited divorce order can determine interim arrangements for child custody, child support, alimony, and the use and possession of the property, in addition to stating the separation date.

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Family law matters, such as divorce, can make or break your future. For this reason, you need a family law attorney that actually understands what is at stake regarding your specific case. That’s where Divorce With a Plan comes in. We can help protect your future by fighting for your best interests. Our goal is to ensure you will have peace of mind whatever the outcome.

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Divorce is a complex process, and Numerous factors to consider could make an already problematic scenario much more onerous. A thorough list of the most frequently asked questions has been compiled.

What are the legal grounds for divorce in Maryland?

Both “fault-based” and “no-fault” divorces are legal in Maryland. When you apply for a divorce based on fault, you argue that your marriage collapsed due to specific wrongdoing. Pursuing a fault-based divorce might extend the procedure and dramatically increase costs because your spouse will likely contest those allegations.

Who can file for divorce in Maryland?

You may file for divorce if you meet Maryland’s residency and jurisdictional criteria. In Maryland, there typically is no waiting time before you can file for divorce. The sole exception is if you lived outside the state when your divorce was legally justified. If so, you or your spouse must have lived in Maryland for six months before filing for divorce.

Does Maryland require separation before divorce?

You only need to be separated before you may file for or finalize a divorce in Maryland unless you’re doing so based on an 18-month separation (as was stated above).

Even so, many married couples eventually part ways after deciding to dissolve their union. If you’re considering doing that, consider whether it would be in your best interests to leave the family home before or after the divorce.

What is the cost of divorce in Maryland?

When you file your initial divorce application with the court, you will typically have to pay a fee. The filing fee in Maryland is $165 as of September 2022. However, that sum is subject to change. By submitting a “Request for Waiver of Pre-paid Costs,” you can petition the judge to waive court costs if you cannot pay them.

Beyond the filing fee, the price of your divorce will depend on your case’s particulars, particularly:

-Whether you can apply for an uncontested divorce, which would increase your chances of getting a DIY divorce because you and your spouse have already reached an agreement on all of the legal issues, and

-If you’ll need to engage a lawyer to handle your divorce, how much do they bill by the hour, and how long will it take them to settle your case’s problems?

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

Unlike many other states, Maryland does not need a waiting time before you may finalize your divorce. Similar to how much it will cost, the specifics of your divorce will determine how long it takes.

In most cases, an uncontested divorce takes two to three months. In Maryland, a magistrate must assess your settlement agreement during a final hearing to ensure you’ve fulfilled all the prerequisites for divorce. Therefore, scheduling that hearing could take longer if the courts in the county where you filed for divorce are experiencing backlogs (Md. Rules, rule 9-209 (2022)).

However, if your divorce is challenged, you’ll need to go through various legal proceedings that could extend the process by several months. Additionally, going to trial will take much longer—typically more than a year—if you and your husband cannot reach a settlement agreement.

How is the property shared in a marriage in Maryland?

According to the “equitable distribution” standard, judges should divide property according to what they deem fair in each case. Maryland courts share marital assets.

Usually, assigning a value to each asset is rather simple. But sometimes it can be difficult to divide some property. This frequently occurs in family-owned businesses, where a forensic accountant’s opinion may be necessary. Another illustration is the division of retirement savings, which requires consulting an expert.

How is Maryland's child custody determined?

In Maryland, all decisions regarding the legal and physical custody of children—including a judge’s decision on whether to approve the parents’ parenting plan—must be made with the best interests of the kids in mind.

When deciding who gets custody, judges will take many considerations into account. These considerations include the moral character and reputation of each parent, their wishes about child custody, and if they have voluntarily given up or abandoned the child.

The judges will also examine the children’s desires for custody. Generally speaking, the older a child is, the more likely it is that the judge will respect the child’s desires.

What are Maryland's rules for child support?

Like every state in the country, Maryland has regulations that contain specific principles for determining who is responsible for paying child support and how much that support should be. Learn everything there is to know about Maryland’s child support guidelines, including when support amounts may deviate from them.

How does Maryland's alimony system work?

When deciding whether to grant alimony in a Maryland divorce, the judge will take into account a number of variables, in addition to the sum and length of the payments. The length of the marriage is one of these elements. the age and physical and mental well-being of the partners, as well as the style of living during the marriage.

If the judge decides it is appropriate, temporary alimony may be granted while the divorce is still pending.

Can we agree to a divorce settlement outside of court in Maryland?

You and your husband can agree on handling the issues involved at any point in the divorce process—from before you file for divorce until just before trial. In actuality, courts actively promote settlements.

If everything has been resolved, you will often include all the specifics in a written divorce settlement agreement that will be incorporated into the final divorce decree.

What takes place if we are unable to reach a divorce settlement?

You will need to go to trial to have a court settle those disagreements if you and your spouse can’t agree on one or more of the legal problems involved in dissolving your marriage. Your divorce will take longer and cost more if you must go to court. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to take all reasonable steps to reach an equitable settlement agreement for you and your husband, if possible.

When can I annul my marriage in Maryland?

You must persuade a judge that you fall under one of the limited reasons for nullifying a marriage to obtain an annulment. Maryland Code, Family Law 2-202 (2022).

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