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What is a Limited Divorce? 

Lebovitz Law LLC Aug. 2, 2022

TheGavel with Wedding Bands dissolution of a relationship is never easy and for married couples it marks the beginning of the long road to divorce. If you’re just starting the process, you may want to know more about what you should expect. Many couples seek out a separation before committing to divorce. After all, divorce is a serious, life-altering and sometimes costly legal investment. It’s a good idea to consider a trial period before separating permanently. Spending time apart allows you to come to an informed decision and get your affairs in order.  

 Are you considering a separation? You and your spouse may benefit from a limited divorce, but you may not be familiar with the term. Below, we’ll discuss what a limited divorce entails and what you can do to attain one. 

What is a Limited Divorce?  

In the state of Maryland, a limited divorce is essentially the same as a legal separation. This does not end a marriage, but it allows couples to come to decisions related to alimony, child custody, child support and health insurance coverage. It can either be a temporary separation or a stepping stone toward an absolute divorce. A limited divorce is not a requirement for an absolute divorce, though it can be helpful should you choose to pursue one. If you decide to continue your relationship, a limited divorce can also be revoked. 

 During this period: 

  • Both individuals must live apart and cannot remarry 

  • Any sexual relations between the separated parties will restart the time requirements for an absolute divorce 

  • Any sexual relations between one spouse and someone outside the marriage will be viewed as adultery by the court 

  • The court will document the date of your separation 

Grounds for a Limited Divorce   

 To obtain a limited divorce, you must meet certain requirements. Specifically, your situation needs to meet one of the four grounds to qualify:  

  • No longer living in the same home together or having sexual relations  

  • Cruel treatment or vicious conduct toward one spouse or a child  

  • One individual has abandoned the other, or they were forced to leave the home due to misconduct 

The Benefits of a Limited Divorce  

If you don’t yet have grounds for an absolute divorce, a limited divorce may allow you to achieve some of the same advantages that a permanent divorce offers. You and your spouse may not be on amicable terms, and it can be beneficial to receive legal help from the court system if that’s the case. Legal professionals can advocate for you and ensure you have access to the support you need. A limited divorce can also provide you with financial resources should you need alimony, health coverage or child support.   

 Are you wondering if a limited divorce is worth the time and effort? It all depends on your exact situation, but a lawyer can help you come to the right decision. Our skilled legal team at Lebovitz Law, LLC will ensure you stay informed during the divorce process. We are dedicated to helping all of our clients obtain the outcome they desire. Schedule a consultation with our attorneys to receive legal guidance regarding a limited divorce.  

The Attorneys at Lebovitz Law, LLC Can Help You Attain a Limited Divorce 

 At Lebovitz Law, LLC, we understand how difficult the divorce process can be. Whether you are searching for an experienced lawyer to assist with your divorce, negotiating child support in Maryland or other issues, the attorneys at Lebovitz Law, LLC can help. To learn more about how we can assist you, please contact us today at (410) 657-6494.