New law allows divorce by consent but family law lawyers unsure of its long-term impact (access required)

Family law attorneys must often balance confrontation and negotiation when representing a divorcing spouse. Since Oct. 1, that balance has begun tilting in favor of negotiation in Maryland cases involving divorcing couples without minor children. These couples can now seek divorce via settlement agreement and forgo the state’s one-year separation requirement before terminating a marriage. The new ...

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