Mutual Consent Divorce — Low Conflict, Shorter Time Frame
Sometimes a marriage just doesn’t work. The couple might choose different career paths, have different ideas about building a family or simply grow apart. In any event, these couples are often in complete agreement about the terms of the divorce. In these situations, a couple can explore their legal options via a mutual consent divorce.
In October 2015, the state of Maryland added a new ground for divorce called “mutual consent.” There are several eligibility requirements, but divorcing couples can see immediate benefits. For example, there is no required separation period. By comparison, a no-fault absolute divorce requires a couple to have been living apart for a year without interruption.
With more than 25 years of experience guiding Maryland clients through a variety of family law matters, I am prepared to help you navigate this new legal process. Contact me, Kari Holm Fawcett, to discuss your specific concerns in greater detail.
What Are The Eligibility Requirements?
A divorcing couple can be eligible for mutual consent if four conditions are met:
- The couple has no minor children in common.
- A settlement agreement has been agreed upon covering both alimony and property rights.
- Neither party asks the court to set aside the written settlement agreement.
- Both parties appear at an uncontested divorce hearing.
If these requirements are met, the divorcing couple can proceed swiftly through the legal process and start building their new lives.
How Can An Attorney Help?
While the process might be easier and more straightforward than before, it is still important to have an experienced lawyer on your side. With my primary office in Bowie, I’m ready to represent clients throughout the state. I can answer your complex questions and provide the guidance you need from start to finish.