What is a “no fault” divorce?

A “no fault” divorce is where neither spouse is considered responsible for the breakup of the marriage.

Technically, Maryland does not have a no fault divorce. The closest thing to a no fault divorce in Maryland is when spouses are divorced on grounds of a one-year separation.

Under this ground, if you and your spouse have lived separate and apart in separate residences without interruption and without sexual relations for one year, you can obtain an absolute divorce.

It is not necessary to show that the separation was voluntary. Nor is it necessary to show that either spouse deserted the other or was otherwise at “fault” for the dissolution of the marriage.

Search FAQ Library

Greenbelt Office

7850 Walker Dr.
Suite 160
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Local
(301) 459-8200
Toll-Free
(888) 459-8260
Fax
(301) 459-5721
Get Directions

Rockville Office

2275 Research Boulevard
Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850

Local
(301) 444-4432
Toll-Free
(888) 459-8260
Fax
(301) 444-4452
Get Directions