2010 Maryland Code
TITLE 7 - DIVORCE
Section 7-102 - Limited divorce.
§ 7-102. Limited divorce.
(a) Grounds for limited divorce.- The court may decree a limited divorce on the following grounds:
(1) cruelty of treatment of the complaining party or of a minor child of the complaining party;
(2) excessively vicious conduct to the complaining party or to a minor child of the complaining party;
(3) desertion; or
(4) voluntary separation, if:
(i) the parties are living separate and apart without cohabitation; and
(ii) there is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation.
(b) Attempts at reconciliation.- As a condition precedent to granting a decree of limited divorce, the court may:
(1) require the parties to participate in good faith in the efforts to achieve reconciliation that the court prescribes; and
(2) assess the costs of any efforts to achieve reconciliation that the court prescribes.
(c) Time during which decree is effective.- The court may decree a divorce under this section for a limited time or for an indefinite time.
(d) Revocation of decree.- The court that granted a decree of limited divorce may revoke the decree at any time on the joint application of the parties.
(e) Decree of limited divorce on prayer for absolute divorce.- If an absolute divorce is prayed and the evidence is sufficient to entitle the parties to a limited divorce, but not to an absolute divorce, the court may decree a limited divorce.
[An. Code 1957, art. 16, § 25; 1984, ch. 296, § 2; ch. 371.]
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