If the cause of action did not occur in Maryland, the residency requirement is 6 months.
Dating while separated can hold up and complicate the divorce proceedings, can effect custody and visitation decisions, and rarely but possibly, depending on the state, may be grounds for a lawsuit.
Maryland law does not provide for legal separation.
In Maryland, couples file for a “limited divorce,” which provides them with the same legal rights and protections as a legal separation.
In Maryland, there are two types of divorce: absolute divorce and limited divorce.
An absolute divorce is a permanent termination of the marriage.