So I recently learned a few things about how to divorce in Maryland works and I am shocked.
In this state, the couple needs to be separated for one year before they can file for divorce (there is a new law that allows right away divorce) during this separation neither party is allowed to have any other romantic relationship. WHAT THE HELL?!?!
If they do they can be found guilty of ADULTERY!
This is seriously messed up. Now I am going to give a situation that is fictional:
Lisa is married to Brian, there have been abusive tendencies before marriage (getting angry easily and always blaming the other person for wrongdoing) however, once the vows were said things took a turn for the worse. The abusive spouse now gets angry and hits the other person, they threaten them, and completely separate them from their friends and family. If the abused person is Lisa it will take her an average of 7 times to leave before she is finally gone for good. Now if the person is Brian well I couldn’t find any data on men leaving abusive relationships, so let’s just continue to go with an average of 7 years.
So it takes them 7 years to leave, now they have to wait 1 year to get a divorce?!?
Okay so Maryland does have a law that says if abuse happens divorce will be granted right away, but this requires the abused person to disclose all of this, which they may not be comfortable with, along with filing the proper police reports.
In my state NH, our motto is Live Free or Die, and this falls in line with divorce as well. I filed for divorce in Jan and I was officially divorced March 23rd of that year! And the process is crazy simple. You can even file for divorce and it will still get granted even if the other party does not want it.
Now in Maryland, if the other party wants to fight it the divorce will require being separated for 2 years! This is horrible for someone who is in am abusive relationship.
This law obviously needs to change, if I lived in this state you could be sure I would be standing up against it.
Maybe Maryland should take some notes from the Live Free or Die State that I call home.