Grounds for absolute divorce are changing again in Maryland on October 1, 2011, once the Governor signs Senate Bill 139 into law, amending Section 7-103 of the Family Law Article of the Maryland Code.

Until then, Maryland has two “no-fault” grounds, namely one year voluntary separation and two year’s involuntary separation.  This is the same as grounds in the District of Columbia and similar to Virginia.

The original bill would have changed that to six months voluntary separation and one year involuntary separation.

Instead, the General Assembly decided to do away with voluntary separation altogether and change the separation period for an involuntary separation to one year.  This means you no longer have to prove and corroborate, with an agreement or third party, that the separation was mutual and voluntary.

Heather Sunderman’s take on the new law’s impact.

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