Contested and Uncontested Divorce and Separation Agreements in Maryland
Maryland Divorce Lawyer
At the Law Office of Nicholas T. Exarhakis, we understand how emotionally
taxing and overwhelming a divorce can be, especially when you and your
spouse are unable to agree on divorce terms. When this happens, the law
refers to it as contested divorce. During this hard time, an experienced
Maryland divorce attorney will be available to navigate you through the
litigation process. In the event you and your spouse can or may agree
on terms of the divorce a separation may be your best option.
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As of October 1, 2015, Maryland couples with no children or children over
the age of 18 may file for divorce immediately and without a waiting period
by a Consent Joint Complaint for Divorce provided a Separation Agreement
settling all property issues has been executed. Both parties must attend
the final divorce hearing.
Common Grounds for a Contested Divorce
If you plan to contest your divorce, you may need to find a way to prove
fault in order to successfully win your case. There are many reasons a
spouse may choose to contest a divorce. Below is a list of the most common
reasons spouses choose to contest divorce.
Cruelty – One of the most common grounds for divorce is cruelty. Cruelty
includes acts of physical violence and emotional abuse that endanger your
safety and health. Examples of cruelty include: physical abuse, criminal
tendencies, and threats of violence, alcohol, drug and gambling abuse.
Adultery – Another common ground for divorce is adultery. The courts may
consider an act of adultery when determining alimony.
Abandonment - If one party leaves the marriage or if the home situation has become so
abusive as to create an atmosphere of fear that leaving the marriage is
the only safe course to follow you may file a divorce on the grounds or
abandonment or constructive abandonment.
Separation – You and your spouse were living separately for one year without interruption
but have been unable to come to an agreement regarding custody, visitation
or property division.
Creating the Separation Agreement
In a non-contested divorce, the parties may elect to create a Property
or Marital Separation Agreement. The separation agreement may settle matters
such as alimony, debts, child-support, custody, savings and bank accounts,
personal property and retirement assets. A qualified Maryland attorney
can help you prepare a separation agreement that works best for you.
Contact an Annapolis Divorce Attorney
If you are thinking of getting a divorce, we strongly suggest you contact
an attorney. Divorce can be a complicated procedure. Engaging a skilled
Maryland divorce attorney will help navigate you through this process.
With over 25 years of experience, Attorney Nicholas T. Exarhakis is confident
he can help you get the outcome you need to move forward.
Let us help you today! –Call for a free consultation.