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Experienced Rockville Attorney Helps You Navigate Divorce

Helping clients in Frederick, Columbia, Annapolis and throughout Maryland

At the Law Offices of Ellen L. Lee, our experienced attorney handles all phases of divorce, including drafting and filing the pleadings and motions, representing you at mediation, negotiating with opposing counsel, and arguing your case in court if necessary. Our Rockville, MD law firm has the resources to handle all types of divorce cases, including a limited divorce, an absolute divorce or one involving a military or same-sex couple.

You must be a Maryland resident to divorce here

Couples wishing to divorce in Maryland must meet the residency requirements. If the grounds for divorce occurred out of state, you must have been living in Maryland for at least a year before you can file for divorce here. If the grounds for divorce occurred in state and you are a resident, you can file for divorce in the county in which either you or your spouse resides.

Maryland law provides for two types of divorce:

  • Limited divorce is similar to legal separation. The terms regarding child custody and support are legally binding, but the divorce is not permanent, remarriage is not allowed, and assets remain jointly owned.
  • Absolute divorce is a permanent arrangement that allows for remarriage and requires division of all marital property.

Our Rockville divorce lawyer can help you determine which arrangement is appropriate for you.

When filing for either type of Maryland divorce, you must cite grounds. Grounds for a limited divorce include:

  • Cruelty or vicious physical, verbal or emotional conduct
  • Desertion
  • Constructive desertion
  • Voluntary separation

The following are grounds for absolute divorce under Maryland family law:

  • Adultery
  • Cruelty or vicious physical, verbal or emotional conduct
  • Desertion
  • Constructive desertion
  • Separation for at least 12 months
  • Insanity
  • Conviction of a crime and sentenced to at least three years in prison.

Firm offers additional divorce-related services

Our attorney is experienced with alternative approaches to divorce, including divorce mediation. We welcome military couples and same-sex couples at our family law firm.

Retain a tenacious Rockville divorce attorney today

If you are planning to divorce or would like more information on any of our services, call 240-552-6957 or contact the Law Offices of Ellen L. Lee online. Our main office is two blocks from the Rockville Courthouse, and we have a satellite office in Bethesda. We serve clients throughout Maryland, including the Montgomery County areas of Rockville, Frederick, Annapolis and Columbia.

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