Month: October 2018

Expanding Mutual Consent Divorce

Amendments to Maryland Family Law 7-103 During the 2018 legislative session, the Maryland Legislature voted in favor of significant changes to the mutual consent grounds for divorce in Maryland. The changes will make the mutual consent grounds available to a significantly larger number of parties and should allow for a more cost-effective and efficient avenue to obtaining a fast divorce in Maryland. When mutual consent became grounds for absolute divorce in 2014, it became possible for certain parties seeking a divorce to file with the court immediately and, oftentimes, receive a judgment of absolute divorce within a matter of weeks. Specifically, to be eligible under Md. Family Law  7-103(a)(8) Mutual Consent, the parties were required to have no minor children in common, to have executed a written settlement agreement resolving all marital property issues and alimony, and for both parties to appear at the final hearing. The statute’s requirement that

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