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Legal Statutes: Maryland

UPDATED April 19, 2017

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Title 7. Divorce

back to top § 7-102. Limited divorce

Grounds for limited divorce

(a) 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.

Time during which decree is effective

(b) The court may decree a divorce under this section for a limited time or for an indefinite time.

Revocation of decree

(c) The court that granted a decree of limited divorce may revoke the decree at any time on the joint application of the parties.

Decree of limited divorce on prayer for absolute divorce

(d) 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.

Added by Acts 1984, c. 296, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1984. Amended by Acts 1984, c. 371, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1984; Acts 2015, c. 226, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2015.