You and your significant other have hit a rough patch in your relationship. You don’t want to file for divorce, at least not yet, but you need some time apart. So you decide to “separate.” You pack your bags and move out of the house. But what’s next? Legally, what does it mean to be separated in the state of Maryland? According to Maryland law, “separated” is not a legal status. In the eyes of the state, you are still married, 100%. However, remaining separated for a year provides grounds for an absolute divorce. Requirements of Separation
- One of you must move out of the current residence.
- You cannot engage in sexual relations with your spouse for a full year.
If these criteria are met, then you can file a complaint for divorce and a court can enter a judgment of absolute divorce. Tips to make Separation Easier
- Cancel joint bank accounts and credit cards.
- Discuss how joint expenses will be handled.
- Ensure you have possession of your own copies of important documents.
- If you have children, discuss how they will be handled during the separation.
- Consult with an experienced family law attorney. This can make the entire process much easier.
If you have any questions about our blog, “Legally, what does it mean to be Separated in Maryland?” please contact Offit Kurman attorney Catherine McQueen. Ms. McQueen’s practice as family law attorney and divorce lawyer is focused on the negotiation, settlement, and litigation of family law matters in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Offit Kurman Attorneys at Law: Family Law Practice Group At Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law,the attorneys in our Family Law Practice Group provide quality advice, timely service, and the knowledge and experience gained through years of serving our clients. Our attorneys specialize in solving the problems which arise from separation and divorce and which impact a wide range of issues: from child and spousal support and division of marital assets to those concerning custody of and access to children. We use our skills to seek resolution to your suit without continuing litigation. If you would like to learn more about Offit Kurman’s Family Law Practice Group to see what we can do for you, please fill out our contact form to access the knowledgeable legal guidance that our experienced attorneys have to offer. You can also connect with Offit Kurman via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Sources: You’ve Decided to Separate – Now What?