By removing the 12-month separation requirement, lawmakers have provided an option for “divorce by mutual consent,” thus reducing the potential acrimony of a trial and burden of a 12-month waiting period. According to Greenblatt, “Anyone who is able to come to an agreement is going to be able to get out of the marriage almost instantly. I don't think it is going to make people who are not already predisposed to resolving their differences to move any more quickly. It's not going to change people who want to fight. If they want to fight, they're going to fight."
Couples with minor children do not qualify under the new law and must still wait the 12-month period of separation before filing for divorce. For more information on the new law, or questions about divorcing in Maryland, contact Jeffrey Greenblatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.