A limited divorce is also useful to document the date at which the spouses actually separated (started living apart), which is often necessary to obtain an “absolute divorce.” That’s right: you can change a limited divorce into an absolute divorce, but a limited divorce is not necessary in order to get an absolute divorce.

An “absolute divorce” is what most people think of when they think of divorce: the marital bonds are terminated and after that, each spouse can go their own way and remarry if they wish.

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For the full text of the law governing limited divorce, see Md.

It is not unusual to wonder when it is appropriate to begin dating during the separation and divorce process.

In Maryland, the terms “separation” and “divorce” are sometimes used interchangeably.

However, “separation” and “divorce” have different legal meanings in Maryland and you should try not to confuse them. “Separation” is not the same thing as “divorce.” Separation is just one “ground,” or reason, for divorce in Maryland (explained fully below).

In order to obtain a divorce on the basis of “voluntary separation” in Maryland, both spouses have to agree to the separation.

This means that both spouses agreed to separate, they did so without any threat or coercion, and they intended to end their marriage. To be considered separated, spouses must: In Maryland, sleeping in different rooms is not enough.The grounds for a limited divorce in Maryland are: In Maryland, separation is the only “no-fault” ground for divorce.“No-fault” means that the breakup of the marriage was not because of either spouse’s misconduct.In contrast, to obtain an absolute divorce on the grounds of voluntary separation, spouses have to meet the following requirements: To obtain an absolute divorce on the grounds of “two years of separation,” spouses have to live in separate homes and not have sex for at least two years (or 24 months) before filing for divorce.The distinction between the two forms of separation is the voluntariness requirement.In contrast, after two years of separation for any reason, even if one spouse has not agreed to the separation and does not want to end the marriage, the other spouse can still obtain a divorce on the grounds of two years of separation. Remember, even though spouses live in different homes during separation, they are still married until a judge enters a Judgment of Divorce.