Maryland Divorce Details
According to recent surveys, the average cost of an American wedding is
around $20,000. You've probably been to weddings where they spent a lot
more or a lot less. Either way, it's still a huge amount to spend on
what is essentially a one day party.
On the flip side, it costs around $100 to file for divorce in Maryland.
Although it might be cheaper to file for a divorce then it is to pay
for a wedding, the break up of a marriage can be emotionally
devastating for all those involved. It's important before moving
forward with divorce proceedings that you become informed.
Types of Divorces in Maryland
There are two forms of divorce in Maryland: uncontested or contested.
For an uncontested divorce both parties have mutually agreed that there
is no hope for reconciliation. There doesn't have to be any specific
reason given as long as both spouses agree that living together is no
longer an option.
For an uncontested divorce, couples will sign a separation agreement
which clearly stipulates all the issues pertaining to child support and
division of property. The uncontested divorce in Maryland is also known
as an agreed divorce.
For a contested or default divorce, one party is serving divorce papers
on another based on particular grounds. Among the grounds for divorce
in Maryland are adultery, abandonment for at least a year, being
convicted of a felony and serving up to three years in jail, or being
found to have committed excessive cruelty or vicious conduct. In order
to file either types of divorce, you need to have been a Maryland
resident for at least one year.
Divorce Property Distribution in
As with many states, Maryland has adopted equitable distribution
policies when it comes to divorce. This means that if the parties
entering into the divorce can't agree on the terms, the court will
decide on the distribution of property and assets.
To make those decisions the court takes into account what each party
brought into the marriage, how long the marriage was for, what caused
the break-up, the economic status of each spouse and any alimony that
might be granted.
Alimony and Child Support in Maryland
A Maryland divorce judge can award alimony to either party in the
divorce. Among the considerations taken into account is whether or not
the person asking for alimony can actually support themselves.
If that person plans on going back to school or seek training to be
able to support themselves then alimony could be granted for that
"learning" period. The financial status of the person expected to pay
the alimony is also considered when it comes to determining the amount.
For child support, the Maryland divorce court applies the Income Shares
model. This is when both parent's salary is put together as a lump sum
used to figure out the appropriate amount for child support.
The ages of the children and any special health needs are also taken
under advisement. Additionally, if one of the parents is already paying
child support from a previous divorce agreement then that will become a
factor as well.