Divorce can be a highly continuous and drawn-out process. Thankfully, there are ways to make the process simpler and less conflict-filled. One such way is by establishing mutual consent. Fortunately, Maryland has a relatively simple process that can help couples obtain mutual consent, close out their marriage, and move on with their lives.
What is mutual consent?
In divorces, mutual consent is when both couples agree to the divorce. As such, they can jointly waive the legal requirement that couples live separately for up to a year before obtaining a divorce. Some requirements must be met, including not having any kids, the signing of a Marital Separation Agreement, and both parties appearing at a mutual consent hearing.
What can you expect at a hearing?
The answer to this question will vary by state. In Maryland, the parties will appear at this hearing, and will likely be represented by legal counsel. The Judge will ask for proof that at least one member of the couple lives in Maryland. She will also confirm that the previously agreed upon Marital Separation Agreement is still something that is consented to by both members of the couple and that both members of the couple wish to proceed with the mutual consent divorce. If either says no, the divorce proceedings will cease.
If all of these criteria are met, the court will grant the divorce, and the marriage will be dissolved.
When you are in the middle of a divorce, it is vital that you obtain counsel that are experts in divorce law and who have as much experience and knowledge as possible at helping Maryland couples end their marriage while preserving their rights.