Some married couples in Maryland ultimately realize they’re not meant to be and should get divorced. There is no one-size-fits-all way to end a marriage and different divorce options are available.
Couples who cannot agree on multiple issues in their marriage may need a contested divorce. These are traditional proceedings in a court in front of a judge, making them expensive and time-consuming. If the case isn’t resolved, it goes to court. The parties need legal help to protect their interests and ensure they get everything they deserve in the divorce settlement.
An uncontested divorce means the couple agrees on matters in their split. It’s an easier option because it allows you to end your marriage faster and file your divorce petition with the family court. Some couples file jointly, but it’s fine for only one person to do so.
Fault and no-fault divorce
Maryland is unique in that it allows both fault and no-fault divorces. Fault divorce occurs when one spouse files and cites a reason for the marriage ending such as infidelity. No-fault divorce doesn’t require any reason given for the split other than irreconcilable differences.
Divorce mediation and collaborative divorce
Divorce mediation allows you to work with your spouse to settle everything as you end your marriage. If you have an issue that needs to be resolved, you negotiate while the mediator helps you meet a middle ground.
Collaborative divorce is similar because you work with your spouse to settle your divorce. However, you each have your own attorney who will withdraw if you can’t agree and your case needs to go to court.
When it comes to divorce, you have choices. It’s up to you and your spouse to determine which route is appropriate for you.