Annapolis, MD Divorce Attorneys
The multi-lingual (English and Spanish) attorneys at Rodriguez-Nanney, PA in Annapolis, MD provide aggressive and competent representation for no fault (uncontested) divorce, traditional contested divorce, and military divorce cases throughout the state of Maryland.
We realize that divorce can be one of the most difficult times in your life. Often the anxiety during this period is further exasperated by the necessary court proceedings and all they entail. At Rodriguez-Nanney, PA, we appreciate that you want this phase of your life to pass as quickly and smoothly as possible. But, we also understand how important it is to handle it correctly. That’s why we leverage all of our experience into making sure you get the best representation possible, no matter of which type of divorce you are pursuing.
Types of Divorce in Maryland
Generally speaking, there are two different types of divorce. The kind you’re involved in dictates the proceedings involved. Continue reading as we discuss the different types of divorces recognized in Maryland.
Limited divorce is what most people think of when they hear of a “legal separation.” In Annapolis, Maryland you may be able to file for a legal separation from your spouse, depending on your case. This Limited Divorce lasts until an Absolute Divorce is made official or the parties reconcile.
While you can certainly decide to separate without the court’s consent, a Limited Divorce carries with it some legal consequences. It allows a judge to decide custody, child access and support, exclusive use and possession of the couple’s home, and other financial matters including alimony and attorney’s fees on a temporary basis. The judge will only rule on what is necessary to allow the parties to begin the lives separately, until it is time to make the final decisions for the Absolute, or final, Divorce.
Absolute Divorce, also known as Final Divorce, is what people generally think of as the Traditional Divorce. The legal definition is the final dissolution of a marriage. This is when all matters, including those related to property, will be finalized. These matters are just one of many reasons why it’s important to secure the best representation possible. Besides the ones already mentioned, divorce can assign permanent possession of pensions, IRAs, cars, land, etc. Once the divorce decree is entered, many decisions are final, and cannot be appealed or reviewed after it is finalized. It is important to get it right the first time, so that you ensure your rights are protected and you can begin your post-divorce life without any additional issues.
In order to obtain a divorce, one of the following criteria must be met.
- One year separation
- Extremely cruel treatment of the spouse or child
- Excessively vicious behavior toward the spouse or minor children
- Abandonment that exceeds 12 months
- Insanity (with confinement in mental institution for 3+ years)
- Incarceration (with confinement for 1+ year on a 3+ year sentence)
Of these, the one year separation is the most common. An uncontested divorce, where the parties have already agreed to all the necessary terms, can be finalized in as little as 30 days.
Divorce cases involving either active duty or retired military personnel carry a special set of considerations which make them more complex than standard divorce cases. These include important issues such as property division, child support, and alimony payments. To ensure your military divorce is handled with the utmost care it is important to secure the assistance of an attorney experienced with the rules and regulations surrounding military divorce.
Hire Rodriguez-Nanney,PA, for Divorce Representation
While the above is a helpful primer, don’t feel you need to select which kind of divorce would be best for you right now. If your spouse has filed for divorce or you believe it’s time to file on your own, contact Rodriguez-Nanney, PA, today. We can help make more sense out of the above, and help you decide what is best for you. You shouldn’t have to try to sort out the legal issues on your own; you have enough going on. We are here to help.
Our firm serves individuals in Annapolis and the following areas:
- Severna Park
- Anne Arundel County
- Baltimore City
- Baltimore County
- Ellicott City
To accommodate as much of the Annapolis, Maryland community as possible, the staff at Rodriguez-Nanney,PA is multilingual (English and Spanish). So don’t let a potential language barrier stop you from getting the best help possible with your divorce.
Since 1998, Rodriguez-Nanney,PA, has helped people through difficult times. If you are considering a divorce attorney in Annapolis, MD, please contact us today for a consultation.