Hagerstown Separation Agreement Lawyer
Washington County Divorce Law Attorney
The divorce process in Maryland can be complicated. You have to meet certain requirements before you can get an absolute divorce. When you are ready to move forward with your life, this can be frustrating, but an experienced lawyer can help you through the process.
At the law office of Carl W. Disque, P.C., Attorney at Law, we are ready to help you with separation agreements and divorce. As a Hagerstown separation agreement attorney with more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Disque understands the challenges you face and the options you have to protect your future and the people you love.
Limited and Absolute Divorce
There are two types of divorce in Maryland. Absolute divorce allows both parties to remarry and also resolves all marital property and financial rights, while a limited divorce can provide temporary orders for custody and other financial concerns but will not grant you full divorce rights. You can get a limited divorce for reasons such as spousal abuse, vicious conduct, desertion or other separation lasting less than one (1) year if both parties are living separately.
To obtain a full divorce, you have to go through a one-year separation or meet one of a number of criteria, including adultery or a criminal conviction. We understand how difficult it can be to understand your rights and options when you are looking for a way to move forward. We can help you find solutions and make sure your rights are protected in the following areas:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Property division
- Spousal support
If you and your spouse are considering a separation, it is advisable to have an attorney draft a separation agreement, which can address child custody and support as well as property division and retirement plans. If you decide to separate without a legally binding agreement, you cannot ensure that your rights will be protected in the event you divorce, which can lead to costly legal battles.