Things are a bit different when one spouse wants to become separated and the other doesn’t.
This type of separation requires a two-year waiting period.
In this waiting period, you must live apart and not have sexual relations with each other.
Record the date in which you or your spouse moved out, and obtain documentation that proves you or your spouse lives in a new dwelling.
This type of separation, called voluntary separation, requires proof that you are living in different homes, without interruption (not even one night) and that you abstain from intimate relationships with each other.
After a year of this arrangement, you may file for divorce.
Once you are granted a divorce, you can legally begin dating.
The Maryland separation process is confusing for a lot of people.
In most cases, you do not need to go to the court and file for separation.
Rather, you simply need to live apart and not have sex with each other.
You and your spouse will need to live apart from each other for at least a year.
If you have been living “separate and apart” for two years and there is no hope for reconciliation, you can file for divorce.
It is understandable that you want your new life to begin after your separation.
However, in order to stay on the right side of the law, you really need to wait until you become divorced.