What is the difference between absolute divorce and limited divorce?

Absolute divorce permanently ends a marriage. After an absolute divorce you can remarry. Additionally, your property and accounts transition from being jointly held to being held in common. This means that you each own half of the property. Your divorce degree may specify terms such as child custody, child support/alimony, and division of assets. You can also seek a court order to change your last name back to your birth name.

Limited divorce is more commonly known as legal separation. Unlike absolute divorce, limited divorce is not permanent. Limited divorce legally recognizes the separation of the parties and provides court support. In many cases, limited divorce is for people who may not yet have grounds for divorce, but need to make financial and logistical decisions about their separation. Limited divorce can provide for a temporary child custody arrangement, health insurance coverage, asset division, and, or child support. With a limited divorce, you live separately but you are not permitted to remarry and you do not terminate your property claims. Having an affair during limited divorce is still considered adultery. Generally, after a period of time, limited divorces are amended to become absolute divorces.

If you are considering filing for divorce you may want to consult an attorney. We handle Maryland's divorce cases on a daily basis and we've been doing it for more than 20 years. Call the Law Offices of David L. Ruben today for a free consult (410) 766-4044.

Categories: Divorce, Family Law