Divorce is defined as the lawful termination of a marriage. In almost every state in the United States of America, divorce is done in two ways.
These two forms are as follows:
- partial divorce and
- full divorce
Full divorce is also known as absolute divorce in the state of Maryland . An absolute divorce is when one party to the terminated marriage can marry another person once the absolute divorce with the other party is finalized. A limited divorce is when both parties to a marriage agree to separate by law for a period of time. This is done through a court of law. A limited divorce, in the state of Maryland, can be transferred to an absolute divorce after the period of separation between the two parties that was agreed upon in a court of law ends, allowing the two persons or parties to the marriage to file a lawsuit in Court of Justice for an absolute divorce.
In the state of Maryland, a court of law will request a condition that an absolute divorce can pass between two parties. In the state of Maryland, the law recognizes two types of reasons for which eight reasons or conditions fall into these two types. The two types are a no-fault divorce and a fault divorce. A fault divorce is when the divorce is done because one party committed a fault for which the other party filed for an absolute divorce. A no-fault divorce is when the divorce is mutually agreed upon and through no fault of one party. Any court of law in the state of Maryland will only recognize eight conditions or grounds on which an absolute divorce can pass between two spouses. The eight grounds or conditions are the basis for the two types of grounds for absolute divorce listed above. These eight conditions or grounds for an absolute divorce in the state of Maryland are:
- Adultery: one of the spouses committed adultery with another person. Adultery is defined as a sexual relationship between two people in which at least one of them is married to someone other than the one with whom she has had sexual relations;
- Desertion: one of the spouses leaves the other without giving any reason. If there was a reason recognized by law, the party that was left alone will become the party that left the other. Desertion is defined as the act of leaving a party or an organization;
- Voluntary separation: the parties or the spouses have agreed to separate for a certain period of time indicated by law without any interruption in the established period. The period is 12 months in the state of Maryland;
- Criminal Conviction: One of the parties has committed a crime that can be recognized as a felony or a misdemeanor. In the state of Maryland, a conviction can be used as grounds for divorce if the party who committed the crime was sentenced to imprisonment for a term not to be less than three years and he/she served one year of that sentence. in prison before the absolute divorce is filed;
- Involuntary Separation: The parties have separated without an agreement to do so for at least two years.
- Insanity – Insanity is defined as mental illness or insanity. Insanity could be grounds for an outright divorce if three conditions are present. These are the following:
a. The part that is said to be crazy has been verified by two specialists and both said that the crazy will stay for life;
second. The insane spouse or party has been in an institution for such cases for at least three years; and
c. One of the spouses has been living in the state of Maryland for two years before filing for absolute divorce.
- Cruelty: one party has been cruel to the other party or the other party’s child; Y
- Vicious Action – One party has been cruel to the other or to a minor child of the other party or spouse. Vicious is defined as violent.
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