MD Passes “Mutual Consent” Law Allowing For Expedited Divorce

Author: Brian Pearlstein
10/21/2015

Not all marriages are made in heaven.  Some couples divorce due to extraordinary circumstances, others happen because couples grow apart.  As such, the divorce process can differ, like with a mutual consent divorce.

Every state has different rules on what couples must do before they can end their union.  Under Maryland divorce law, couples seeking a no-fault divorce previously had to be separated for a full year.  However, a new Maryland divorce law allows for an expedited divorce under certain circumstances.

A Look at Maryland’s Mutual Consent Divorce Law

The MD Mutual Consent Divorce law, which took effect on October 1, 2015, allows married couples to qualify for divorce by “mutual consent” when:

  1. They have no minor children in common; and
  2. They have a signed, written settlement agreement covering both alimony and property rights that they submit to the Court; and
  3. Neither party asks the Court to set aside their written settlement agreement; and
  4. They both appear at the uncontested divorce hearing.

Note: In 2016, Maryland updated its divorce rules which is especially helpful in uncontested and mutual consent divorces. Read more about the elimination of the need for corroboration. 

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About The Author:

Brian Pearlstein

Managing Partner


Brian Pearlstein is the managing partner of the firm. He has practiced law since 1995. Mr. Pearlstein is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been named one of the area’s top divorce attorneys by Washingtonian Magazine since 2011, and was also named one of Maryland's top 100 attorneys in 2014 by Super Lawyers.

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