Can I File for Legal Separation in the State of Maryland?

If you and your spouse have decided that it is time the two of you separate despite the fact that you are legally married, you do have the option of separating from one another until you decide to move forward with the actual divorce process. During this time, you do not need to file any paperwork to retain a legal separation as this does not exist in the state of Maryland. A couple is considered to be separated in you live apart, share the same intent of ending the relationship, and do not have sexual intercourse during this time. However, the manner in which the separation takes place can have a significant impact on several divorce issues, including custody of minor children, so it is recommended to get legal advice from experienced attorneys before planning to move out of the marital home. Read more

Can I Date Another Person if My Divorce is Not Finalized?

If you’ve separated from your spouse and plan to file for divorce, there are a few things you need to be aware of in regards to dating if you are contemplating on seeing someone before your divorce is finalized. While you may be under the impression that you are free to date whomever you want now that you and your spouse aren’t living together, Maryland laws don’t exactly see it the way. The fact is, if you want to date someone and still be in compliance with the law, you must be divorced first. We recognize that simply isn’t the way the many divorce unfold, so we are prepared to deal with this complication and minimize the negative repercussions. Read more