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What Is a Limited and Absolute Divorce in Maryland?

Law Office of Kari Holm Fawcett

When a Maryland couple becomes engaged they’re pretty much on cloud nine. Nothing can distract a couple from their love. But, a divorce can happen to any couple, no matter how in love they may seem at the start of their marriage. In Maryland, there are two types of divorce, a limited divorce and an absolute divorce. These two types of divorce allow for flexibility for couples whose marriage may be ending.

A limited divorce is where the court supervises the separation of the couple. This type of divorce works well for couples who do not have grounds for an absolute divorce, they’re unable to settle their differences privately and need financial relief. A person cannot be remarried under limited divorce, but the couple can live apart. Temporary custody arrangements, child support arrangements and alimony may be arranged.

An absolute divorce is where a marriage is officially dissolved. In order to have an absolute divorce, there needs to be grounds established. These can include adultery, desertion, criminal activity, 12 month separation, cruelty towards spouse or child, insanity or mutual consent.

A legal professional who is skilled in family law can walk their client through their divorce or separation questions. An attorney understands Maryland law and knows what their client needs in order to be granted a limited or absolute divorce. Many decisions are made during a divorce that can have life-long consequences, making the need to have an experienced legal professional all the more critical. An attorney will tirelessly work to protect their client’s rights and help to obtain positive solutions to any divorce complication that may arise.

Source:, “What is the meaning of absolute divorce in Maryland?,” Rogue Parrish, Feb. 18, 2015