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Legal Separation

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Legal Separation And Limited Divorce

For many married couples, the decision to file for divorce is an easy one. But for other couples, this decision can be very difficult. Even when a couple has profound disagreements about their relationship, divorce may seem like an extreme measure. Once a divorce is made final, it is difficult to go back. If this describes your situation, you may be able to get a limited divorce, which is sometimes referred to as a legal separation. In addition, a limited divorce can get you into court faster for immediate relief on such matters as child custody or support prior to your final divorce. Frederick, Maryland-based attorney Arthur Boyce can represent clients across the Tri-State area. If you want to know more about all of your options, including legal separation, contact the law firm to schedule a consultation.

Maryland Recognizes Limited Divorce

Under the laws of Maryland, couples who no longer can live together, but do not wish to take the formal step of divorce, can file for limited divorce. Limited divorce acts like a legal separation. In limited divorce, issues such as child support, child custody and alimony, or spousal support are resolved on a temporary basis. A limited divorce is not a permanent divorce. You will not be able to remarry and there will still be a marital estate, due to the fact that most property is not divided until the final divorce. Under Maryland law, the grounds to file a limited divorce usually are:

  • Desertion
  • Constructive desertion
  • Voluntary separation

Contact Arthur W. Boyce To Schedule A Consultation

If you would like to talk about whether legal separation will meet your needs, call 240-575-1033 or e-mail the office today.