Thank you for joining me my name is LaSheena Williams and I am a Maryland family law attorney. My firm helps our clients take control of out-of-control domestic situations. Today we will be discussing mutual consent divorce in Maryland.
Maryland Mutual Consent Divorce: What is a mutual consent divorce?
Mutual consent divorce is one of the most recent uncontested methods of having a divorce. It’s a divorce that you can obtain by agreement with your spouse whether you’ve lived separate and apart or you still live together.
Maryland Mutual Consent Divorce: What are the requirements if you have children?
If you are seeking a mutual consent divorce and you have children, you need an executed marital settlement agreement that disposes of all the issues related to your marriage. The key with having a mutual consent divorce when you have children is you need the terms of the child custody outlined, you also need child support explained, and if you have child support, you need to have child support guidelines attached to your agreement.
Maryland Mutual Consent Divorce: What are the requirements if you don’t have children?
Whether you are seeking a mutual consent divorce when you have children or don’t have children, you need to make sure that all of the issues that arise out of your marriage are handled. Whether it’s alimony, or waiver of interest in alimony, handling the issues regarding property, retirement, handling issues regarding attorney’s fees, and having other issues that come out of your marriage addressed, all of that needs to be included in your marital settlement agreement. You also want to make sure that your spouse signs off on the agreement so that everybody’s on the same page and the court can grant you a divorce seamlessly.
Maryland Mutual Consent Divorce : What happens at a mutual consent divorce hearing?
At a mutual consent divorce hearing, your partner and their attorney may or may not show up. The court will voir dire you regarding the terms of the agreement. If your partner is there, the court will also voir dire your partner regarding the terms of the agreement, and by voir dire, I mean the court will ask you questions to make sure that you knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently entered into the agreement, waived the interest that you’ve stated you’ve waived and affirmed the interest you’ve stated you affirmed in your agreement. In order for the court to grant you a divorce, they must believe that you knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently entered into this agreement without coercion.
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