Elkton Divorce Lawyers
In Maryland the average divorce rate hovers around 10%. This statistic holds true for all parts of Maryland including the and Elkton, Maryland area. For Cecil County residents a divorce or dissolution of a marriage is never an ideal situation for those involved. Family law issues such as divorce child and spousal support can bring pain, anguish, resentment and other painful issues for the adults as well as the children. In the unfortunate event of a marital separation or divorce in the Elkton area it is important that you speak with our Elkton divorce lawyers regarding your rights.
If you are contemplating filing for divorce, or have been served divorce papers in Cecil County, MD call The Law Office of John P. Downs. Mr. Downs and his associates have more than 20 years experience handling domestic law and family law issues throughout Cecil County, Maryland.
Maryland Divorce Statistics
According to a 2012 study conducted by Maryland’s Vital Statistics Office there were 16,208 divorces and annulments in 2012. The number of divorces peaked among individuals between the ages of 40-49 years for the husband and ages 35-44 for the wife. Slightly less than half of all couples had been married fewer than 10 years (48.1%), while approximately 19% had been married 20 or more years. Approximately thirty-six percent of divorcing couples reported having children under the age of 18 years.
Types Of Divorce In Maryland
Under current Maryland divorce laws there are 2 types of divorce: absolute and limited.
Absolute divorce is the most common form. Absolute divorce requires legal grounds for separation. In Maryland the available grounds are adultery, desertion, 12 month separation, cruelty, excessively vicious conduct, certain criminal convictions and insanity. The most commonly used grounds for divorce is 12 month separation. Parties must live apart for twelve uninterrupted months. Limited divorce is designed for separating couples who may not meet the requirements for absolute divorce.
Preliminary matters such as scheduling or settlement conferences in divorce cases may be heard by Circuit Court masters. Divorce cases typically have unresolved property division problems. If the parties share custody of children, the court can settle issues surrounding child custody and support. The court may require parties to attend parenting seminars or mediation to help resolve conflict. Forms are available on the above link to assist self-represented parties.
Divorce Lawyers Serving The Elkton Area
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Call Our Elkton Divorce Lawyers
Going through a divorce is never pleasant, even when it is amicable. The Elkton divorce lawyers at The Law Offices of John P. Downs want you to know that you do not have to face this alone. Call our Elkton family law office at (410) 398-0313 today to schedule a consultation and discuss your rights in the Maryland divorce process.