Do You Need To Wait A Year To Officially Divorce?

In 2015, the Maryland laws changed to allow for couples with an agreement and no minor children to immediately file for a Mutual Consent Divorce. Now in October 2018, this will also be permitted for couples with minor children.

There is a lot of work that goes into finalizing an agreement that address all issues arising from a marriage, ┬áincluding (1) child custody; (2) support; and (3) property division, and trying to negotiate all the terms while living under one roof is definitely not easy. But there is a great reward for taking on this difficult task upfront– you spare yourself and your family the immense emotional toll and legal expense of a protracted contested case in court.

Couples that are interested in preserving goodwill, privacy, and/or family wealth have always strived to reach out of court settlements quickly and quietly, but now there is an added incentive: as soon as you have a comprehensive deal done, you can immediately get divorced in the Maryland courts.

For many of us that have been helping families navigate the legal system in Maryland for years, the one year waiting period was an unnecessary burden on couples that truly wanted and needed closure. Hopefully now more divorcing couples will look into mediation, Collaborative Divorce, or other alternatives that divorce professionals can offer to obtain an out-of-court settlement that will then qualify for the immediate filing of a Mutual Consent Divorce.

By Regina A. DeMeo

By | 2018-08-25T12:51:40+00:00 August 25th, 2018|Blog|

About the Author:

For over 18 years, Regina A. DeMeo has been helping families in MD and DC with custody and divorce issues either through mediation, litigation or advocacy. She is an alumna of Georgetown University and GW University Law School, who is nationally recognized as a top matrimonial attorney. She is frequently quoted in the media for her ideas to promote healthier relationships and featured in the Washington Post, ABA Journal and Bethesda Magazine for her care and commitment to her clients. As a legal commentator, she has appeared on ABC tv, Good Morning America, MMCTV, YouTube and Sirius XM, and has been quoted in various magazines, books and journals across the country.