Legal Information: Maryland

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about protective orders, peace orders and moving in or out of state with an order.

Information about custody in Maryland.

Information about parental kidnapping and emergency custody in Maryland.

Basic information about divorce in Maryland.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Maryland and victim assistance programs.

There are state laws that may make it illegal for an abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.