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Online Divorce in Maryland

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Maryland, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Maryland.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Maryland has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Maryland is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Maryland with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.

Filing:

When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Maryland, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.

Residency:

Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Maryland is no exception.

If the grounds for divorce occurred within the state, there is not a residency requirement. However, if they occurred outside the state, there is a minimum of six-month residency requirement for at least one of the parties of the divorce.

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Maryland driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Maryland

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Maryland. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

Maryland recognizes both at-fault and no fault grounds for divorce. No-fault grounds includes living apart without cohabitation for at least 12 months and mutual agreement.

The State of Maryland also recognizes fault-based reasons for divorcing including adultery, cruelty, excessively vicious conduct toward the complaining party or a minor child of the complaining party, insanity, willful desertion for one year and conviction of a felony as fault grounds for a divorce.

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Custody of the child in Maryland

Custody of the child

If there are children involved in a divorce, the couple will need to determine how custody should be handled. This isn’t something that a couple has to do all on their own. There are regulations in place that can help the court determine what would be the best possible custody situation for each case. If the parents already have a plan in mind, they can present this to the court, and it will be given due consideration before any other agreement is made.

In Maryland, joint legal custody is preferred but joint legal custody is not always awarded in a contested situation but can be agreed upon by the parties. The court will always consider the best interests of the child, as well as an agreement adopted by the parties when determining joint and physical custody. The number one consideration of every child custody case is the needs and comfort level of the children involved. If the children are of age and maturity to give their opinion on the matter this will be duely considered.

Rules for child support in Maryland

Maryland has put into place state-mandated child support guidelines which will apply in almost every case, barring extraordinary circumstances. With this, both parties’ gross incomes and certain child related expenses are considered when calculating the child support obligation. In most cases, child support payments continue until the child reaches eighteen years of age, and can extend until the completion of the child’s secondary education. If these guidelines do not match well with the spouses involved with a particular case, the court may make adjustments to the standard guidelines on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that the family home may be awarded as part of a child support agreement. It would be awarded to the parent who has custody of a child to allow the child or children to continue to live in the environment and community that is familiar to them. If this is done, it is in no way punitive in nature. A grandparent may be financially responsible for the care of his or her grandchild if the parent is an unemancipated minor. An official child support worksheet is available for review and in Rule 9-206.[Annotated Code of Maryland; Family Law, Sections 8-206, 12-101, 12-201, 12-202, 12-203, and 12-204 and Maryland Rules; Rule 9-206 (Child Support Guidelines)].

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Rules for spousal support in Maryland

Rules for spousal support

Alimony is sometimes ordered to help a spouse live in the means determined during the marriage. Support may be decided upon by the couple together before filing or may be given by the court in a contested case. The court may award rehabilitative (short-term) or more permanent alimony to either of the spouses in either lump-sum payments or as monthly/yearly payments or both.

Either spouse may be awarded alimony based on the following factors:

  • Any time that would be necessary to acquire sufficient education and training to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment and that spouse’s future earning capacity;
  • The standard of living which was established during the marriage;
  • The length of the marriage;
  • The ability of the spouse from who would be supporting the other to take care of his or herself while still offering support.
  • The financial resources of the spouse who seeks alimony, including marital property apportioned to such spouse and such spouse’s ability to meet his or her needs independently;
  • The financial resources of both spouses, including their comparative earning abilities in the labor market;
  • The contribution of each spouse to the marriage, including services rendered in homemaking, childcare, education, and career-building of the other spouse;
  • The current age of the spouses;
  • The current physical and emotional conditions of the spouses;
  • Any agree­ment that already exists between the spouses concerning financial or service contributions by one spouse with the expectation of future reciprocation or compensation by the other;
  • The ability of the spouse who seeks alimony to become self-supporting;
  • The circumstances that lead to the breakdown of the marriage, whether or not it was fault-based; and
  • Any other factor the court deems just and equitable. [Annotated Code of Maryland; Family Law, Section 11-106].

More information is available regarding support of all types as you begin filing your divorce through OnlineDivorce.com Please note that alimony payments can be ordered to be paid through a state depository in some cases.

Property division in Maryland

Property division

When a couple chooses to divorce in Maryland, they must distribute property in a fair and agreeable manner. This can be one of the most challenging parts of going through the divorce process for many couples. It may be possible for a couple to come up with a property distribution plan on their own without involving the court. In doing so, it can make for a more relaxed and less-stressful uncontested divorce.

However, when there is some disagreement on how property is to be divided, the state has specific rules in place to make it easier.

Maryland is an “equitable distribution” state. Each spouse retains his or her indi­vidual property including gifts, inheritances, property acquired before marriage and an increase in such property.

  • Any gifts or inheritances;
  • Any property acquired prior to marriage; and
  • Any increase in the value of or property acquired in exchange for property listed in the former or the latter event.

The marital property is divided between the spouses after considering the following factors:

  • The contribution of both spouses to the acquisition of the marital property, including the contribution of both spouses as homemaker;
  • The value of both spouse's property; and
  • Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the spouses. [Annotated Code of Maryland; Family Law, Sections 8-202, 8-203, and 8-205].

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Mediation support in Maryland

If there is a dispute involving custody or child support, mediation may be ordered. The parties may also choose to mediate any other contested issue to avoid having the case be tried as a contested divorce.

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

Divorce forms in Maryland

Maryland forms produced by OnlineDivorce.com are court approved divorce forms. We have automated the process of filling them out to simplify matters and avoid any difficulties which may occur with filling out paperwork alone. By utilizing OnlineDivorce.com, you can simplify the process of preparing divorce documents and help both parties to move forward with their lives.

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Filing fees for divorce in Maryland

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take?

The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

Here is how OnlineDivorce.com makes completing divorce papers easier:

  • We provide the full divorce packet that is required by a local court - clients do not need to drive to their local courthouse to get the blank forms or search for the right divorce forms online. In rare cases, some local forms specific to a filing county can vary in color, paper material, size and / or scanning bar code so they may need to be obtained from the county clerk's office directly.
  • We complete the necessary forms for clients based on the answers they give in a simple guided online interview - clients do not need to read through the legal jargon and try to figure out how to fill out those forms yourself.
  • We give the detailed and easy to follow step-by-step instructions for filing a divorce with the court - so a client knows exactly what to do to get his/her divorce finalized.
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  • We save time and money for our clients - if divorcing spouses are in agreement regarding the terms of their divorce, they typically don’t have to pay thousands to a lawyer to handle their divorce forms and they don't need to spend hours trying to do it all by themselves.
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