2016 Maryland Code
Family Law
Title 7 - Divorce
§ 7-102. Limited divorce

MD Fam L Code § 7-102 (2016) What's This?

(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) separation, if the parties are living separate and apart without cohabitation.

(b) Time during which decree is effective. -- The court may decree a divorce under this section for a limited time or for an indefinite time.

(c) 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.

(d) 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.

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