Maryland Simplified Divorce Procedures

Summary divorces are not permitted in Maryland. However, marital settlement agreements are specifically authorized by statute and may be used for full corroboration of a plaintiff’s testimony that a separation was voluntary if: (1) the agreement states that the spouses voluntarily agreed to separate and (2) the agreement was signed under oath before the application for divorce was filed. In addition, each spouse must file a Financial Statement Affidavit and a Joint Statement of Marital and Non-Marital Property. The financial statement form is contained in Maryland Rules, Rule 9-203. The form for the Joint Property Statement is contained in Maryland Rules, Rule 9-206. Finally, in a default situation, the divorce may be granted only upon actual testimony of the plaintiff spouse. [Annotated Code of Maryland; Courts and Judicial Procedure, Section 3-409 and Maryland Rules; Rules 9-203, 9-206, and 9-207].

Each state has its own unique filing procedure. When filing for divorce in Maryland, you must adhere to the strict filing guidelines and prepare and submit the appropriate mandatory divorce documents to the county court. You can visit the Maryland state statutes located at: to learn more about these documents. You will discover that some documents may be provided by the Maryland Legal System and others must be constructed on a case-by-case basis containing certain information and criteria to adhere to the Maryland Laws and the filing requirements.