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Questions You Want Answered > General Family Law Information > What if I don't want a divorce?

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If you don't want a divorce, I feel for you, but even though Maryland is not a no fault divorce state, the divorce will still happen.  What that means is that to sue for divorce, a person has to have grounds for divorce.  The grounds for divorce are discussed in that section of these FAQs.  If the grounds are proven, the divorce can be granted even if you object.  Once you are separated for one year without cohabitation, the court can grant an absolute divorce without any fault ground or other reason.  Fault would still be relevant as a factor in determining any award of alimony or any equitable division of marital property.  What all this means is that you cannot stick your head in the sand and hope it will all go away.  You need to become educated about the process and your reasonable expectations and hire an advocate to help you.

Last updated on September 4, 2013 by Karen Robbins, Attorney at Law