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Divorce is a difficult decision for couples to make in many instances. When children and marital properties are part of the situation, the stakes are significant to both spouses.

Other times, it’s a mutual matter where husband and wife agree the marriage is not worth the aggravation and stress and simply want to move on and start anew.

In the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia, divorce is handled differently. A marriage is civil, legal contract and requires a court to dissolve it. That’s where a guiding hand is most needed, and we understand how to make the process as easy as possible.

What is divorce?

The term divorce is common to most people, however, it is legally known as a “dissolution of marriage” and is a legal process of dissolving the civil contract between two spouses. In Maryland, divorce is governed by Maryland Code, Family Law, Title 7 and in the District of Columbia, divorce falls under D.C. Code, Title 16, Chapter 9.

How is legal separation different from divorce?

Both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia allow for legal separation. The difference between divorce and legal separation is the marriage remains in effect though the two spouses live apart–sharing neither “bed or board”. The couple may reunite, or may seek to dissolve their marriage after becoming legally separated.

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