Maryland Grounds for Divorce

Code Section
Fam. Law §7-101-103

Residency
If grounds occurred outside the state, one party must have resided in state 1 yr. before filing.

Waiting Period
Upon meeting requirements, absolute divorce granted.

No Fault
Separation (2 yrs. or voluntary for 12 months); limited divorce for cruelty, vicious conduct; separation; desertion.

Defenses
Recrimination or condonation is factor but not absolute bar.

Grounds
Adultery; desertion for 12 mos. without interruption; insanity (confined for 3 yrs.); conviction of crime (sentenced for at least 3 yrs. and served at least 12 months); cruelty, excessively vicious conduct; voluntary separation grounds for limited divorce.


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