The answer to this question is yes. Maryland has 7 grounds that can be used to secure a divorce, of which 6 are fault grounds and only 1 is a no-fault ground and they are:
Desertion: This occurs if one of the partners without the consent of the other partner leaves the marriage for at least 1 year. Additionally, if this occurs, an individual will have to prove to the court that they did not prompt their partner’s decision to leave, along with showing that the final act of their partner’s departure was deliberate rather than simply leaving their home and seeing that there was no hope of resolving what led to the departure. Also, another form of defection is known as constructive defection. This only qualifies if one of the escaping partners is fleeing abuse or cruelty inflicted by the other partner, as such a judge will assess whether this reason for divorce is unavoidable and rational.
Mental and Physical Cruelty – In Maryland, this actually counts as 2 grounds for divorce, with the only similarity being that they are abusive partners. This type of ground for divorce is based on mental or physical misconduct that is directed at one of the partners or, if they have one, a child. The types of abuse can be domestic violence, bullying, teasing, and verbal abuse among other forms of such cruel behavior.
Prison Sentence – This type of ground- based divorce is only used if the convicted partner is serving a prison sentence of 3 years or more, in which case the spouse seeking a divorce can file for separation after the convicted spouse serves his first year.
Incurable and Perpetual Insanity – This type of ground in Maryland will only be considered acceptable for divorce if one of the partners proves that their partner is insane and incurable. This is established by a doctor’s verification of the insane partner’s mental condition and proof that the insane partner spent a minimum of 36 months in a mental institution.
Deliberate Separation – This ground for divorce in Maryland only applies if one of the parties does not have sexual relations with each other while living apart. Also, one partner can still file for divorce, even if her other partner does not consent to the divorce.
Adultery – This ground for divorce is pretty self explanatory in Maryland, but to clarify it is when one of the spouses has voluntary sexual relations with a non-spouse without the consent of their spouses. This is one of the most difficult grounds to prove in court because, unless the injured spouse witnessed the adultery, they will need to prove to the court that their spouse entered the non-spouse’s home at certain times, along with proof of if the spouse committed adulterous dispositions such as kissing with the hand, hugging with the non-spouse for the adultery to be accepted as grounds for divorce.
While the grounds listed above are all at fault, Maryland’s only no-fault ground for divorce is a one-year separation between both spouses. This is used as an alternative to the no-fault ground called “irreconcilable differences” that some states use for divorce.
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