Same-Sex Divorce Has Unique Legal Requirements

Whether a "traditional" or same-sex marriage is ending, the grounds for divorce remain the same. Emotional issues are just as significant and traumatic as both spouses face dramatic changes in their lives. If you are pursuing a marital dissolution, immediate legal counsel from an Annapolis same-sex divorce attorney is vital to protect your rights and avoid problems in the future.

At the Law Office of Dawn M. Green, our Annapolis same-sex divorce attorneys have an exclusive legal practice in family law. We will spend time with you, getting to know your situation and identifying your needs and objectives in a same-sex divorce. We will educate you on the Civil Marriage Protection Act and the options you have while focusing on your best interests.

Limited Same-Sex Divorces

Limited divorce and absolute divorce are available in Maryland. A limited divorce formalizes the separation of the parties without a significant separation period. While it does not end the marriage or lead to property division, it allows the court to intervene and determine spousal support, child support, child custody and visitation, and temporary possession of the marital home.

Grounds include:

  • Mutual and voluntary separation
  • Constructive desertion (this means that one spouse's behavior was such that it forced the other party to leave the marital home)
  • Cruel treatment
  • Excessively vicious conduct

Absolute Same-Sex Divorces

In an absolute divorce, the parties must have lived separately or apart for at least one year unless they have entered into a written agreement which resolves all issues in their case. An Absolute Divorce finalizes a marital dissolution and determines alimony, custody, visitation, support and property distribution, including the division of commingled assets and pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s.

Grounds for same-sex divorce include:

  • Adultery
  • Mutual and voluntary separation
  • Desertion or constructive desertion
  • Cruel treatment or excessively vicious conduct
  • Insanity
  • Criminal conviction

Call For An Appointment With An Annapolis Same-Sex Divorce Attorney

We can help with all of the legal issues involving the end of a marriage. Contact our Annapolis same-sex divorce attorneys online, or call 410-280-2696 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.